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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Examples of dismissal in a Sentence

numerous dismissals from the company during the economic slump
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier, Swiss asset manager GAM Holding AG, froze redemptions in some funds after its dismissal of star bond manager Tim Haywood led to a rush of withdrawals. 4. Washington Post, "Why Fund Managers Are Scared of Sudden Withdrawals," 6 Dec. 2019 Former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s name may have been scrubbed from the Police Department’s website hours after Lightfoot fired him Monday morning, but the controversy that led to his dismissal is not going away quietly. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: There’s definitely a lingering hangover in the Johnson case," 4 Dec. 2019 Not immediately, but a loss would likely lead to his end-of-season dismissal. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Top two teams meet Sunday," 27 Nov. 2019 Though unceremonious, her dismissal was, at worst, a presidential parking ticket — not treason, bribery, or a high crime or misdemeanor. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Schiff’s Impeachment Show Is Off to a Shaky Start," 15 Nov. 2019 Before his dismissal, Sampson was cleared of wrongdoing following discrimination allegations made by England players, including Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence. Ben Church, CNN, "Mark Sampson: Ex-England women's coach charged with racist language," 20 Nov. 2019 Some Republicans have already been laying the groundwork for acknowledging Trump may have acted inappropriately, but stopping short of calling for his dismissal. Alana Abramson, Time, "One of President Trump's Top Diplomats Just Further Unraveled the 'No Quid Pro Quo' Defense," 7 Nov. 2019 Some readers will find his rhetoric perfidious and reactionary, with its dismissal of identity politics and the concomitant particulars of the African-American experience. Andrew Solomon, New York Times, "How Moving to France and Having Children Led a Black American to Rethink Race," 18 Oct. 2019 The outlet said that Sutter, who created the Sons of Anarchy spinoff, detailed his dismissal to FX CEO John Landgraf and Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden in a letter shared with the cast and crew. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Kurt Sutter Fired from Mayans M.C. Following 'Multiple Complaints' About His Behavior," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dismissal

1778, in the meaning defined above

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14 Dec 2019

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“Dismissal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissal. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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