dis·​miss·​al | \ dis-ˈmi-səl How to pronounce dismissal (audio) \

Definition of dismissal

: the act of dismissing : the fact or state of being dismissed

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numerous dismissals from the company during the economic slump
Recent Examples on the Web Price’s dismissal leaves a remarkable void, Young said. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Despite the out-of-hand dismissal by imperial planners, Mi’kmaq, Wulstukwiuk and Passamaquoddy had their own strong vision of the region’s future, informed by their intimate relationship with the land and its history. Alexandra L. Montgomery, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 In Texas, hospital system workers who filed a lawsuit against their employer over a COVID-19 vaccine requirement are appealing the suit’s dismissal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2021 That process ultimately resulted in Mollie Vehling’s dismissal. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 In the meantime, the judge’s swift dismissal helps the breakup bill’s backers to illustrate their point: that the existing antitrust regime is ill-equipped to reckon with the market power of dominant Internet platforms. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 Generally, the public behavior of the wealth creator also sets limits and can lead to criticism or dismissal of the wife’s sincerity and choices. Dennis Jaffe, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The cynical dismissal of a foreign fast-food concept without first understanding its importance to the people who love it. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 And a federal judge's dismissal last month of antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, filed by the U.S. government and 46 states, will only put more pressure on Congress to act. Star Tribune, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of dismissal

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dismissal was in 1778

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“Dismissal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissal. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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dis·​miss·​al | \ dis-ˈmi-səl How to pronounce dismissal (audio) \

Kids Definition of dismissal

: the act of dismissing : the state or fact of being dismissed The students will have an early dismissal.



Legal Definition of dismissal

1 : removal from a position or service
2a : the termination of an action or claim usually before the presentation of evidence by the defendant
involuntary dismissal
1 : the dismissal of an action by the court because of the plaintiff's failure to pursue his or her case
2 : the dismissal of an action by the court upon motion of the defendant after presentation of the plaintiff's case made on the grounds that the plaintiff has shown no right to relief

Note: An involuntary dismissal under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) prevents the plaintiff from bringing suit again based on the same claim.

voluntary dismissal
: the dismissal of an action by the plaintiff

Note: Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a), a plaintiff may dismiss an action without a court order anytime before the defendant serves an answer or moves for summary judgment, or by stipulation of the parties. Otherwise, a court order is required. A court-ordered dismissal will not prevent the plaintiff from bringing the action again unless the order so states. A dismissal without a court order will not bar the plaintiff from bringing the action again unless the plaintiff has brought the same action already.

b : the cancellation of an indictment, information, complaint, or charge

Note: Under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 48, the attorney for the government may dismiss the indictment, information, or complaint with the court's approval. The court may also dismiss it if there is unnecessary delay in the government's prosecution of the case.

c : a document setting forth the request for a dismissal plaintiff filed a dismissal

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