nonsuit

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

nonsuit (plural nonsuits)

  1. (law) A lawsuit that is dismissed as having been brought without cause, prior to an adjudication on the merits.
  2. (law) A neglect or failure by the plaintiff to follow up his suit; a renunciation or withdrawal of the cause by the plaintiff.

Verb[edit]

nonsuit (third-person singular simple present nonsuits, present participle nonsuiting, simple past and past participle nonsuited)

  1. (law, transitive) To dismiss (a plaintiff) on the grounds of his or her lawsuit having been brought without cause, prior to an adjudication on the merits.