pro·ceed·ing (prō-sēdĭng, prə-)
1. A course of action; a procedure.
2. proceedings A sequence of events occurring at a particular place or occasion: hectic proceedings in the kitchen.
3. proceedings A record of business carried on by a society or other organization; minutes.
a. often proceedings Legal action; litigation.
b. often proceedings The activities and hearings of a legal body or administrative agency.
c. The institution or pursuance of legal action.
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