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proceeding (n.)

early 15c., "act of continuing a process;" mid-15c., "action of going forward, procession," verbal noun from proceed (v.). From 1550s as "what is done, conduct, a measure or step taken." Proceedings "records of the doings of a society" is attested by 1824.

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Definitions of proceeding from WordNet

proceeding (n.)
(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked;
Synonyms: legal proceeding / proceedings
From wordnet.princeton.edu