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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Synonyms for dismissal


ax (or axe), discharge, furlough, layoff, redundancy [chiefly British]

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Examples of dismissal in a Sentence

numerous dismissals from the company during the economic slump

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Bevell’s dismissal from the Seahawks opened an opportunity to work with an old counterpart again. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Darrell Bevell Bounces Back Again, This Time in Detroit," 29 Aug. 2019 First came the academic problems, which resulted in Jones’ dismissal from the USC program. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 training camp report: From HBO appearances to QB duels, there’s no shortage of news," 19 Aug. 2019 Since Ghosn's dismissal from Nissan's board, CEO Hiroto Saikawa has struggled to turn the automaker's fortunes around. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Nissan plans 12,500 layoffs after operating profits fall 98%," 25 July 2019 Sharpton called for Pantaleo's dismissal from the NYPD. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, "Why Police Officer in Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death Won’t Be Charged," 16 July 2019 He was expected to challenge for a starting spot at safety next season until his dismissal from the team for an unspecified team rules violation this spring. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Safety Hasaan Hypolite to transfer from Colorado to UH," 18 June 2019 News of Mitchell’s dismissal from the show went public last month after Boone chose to leave because of his alleged conduct. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Tiffany Boone Thanks Fans For 'Positivity' After Jason Mitchell’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surfaced," 11 June 2019 Here’s the exchange, in which Trump sounds genuinely exasperated at her dismissal from the White House: Trump: Omarosa, what’s going on? Emily Stewart, Vox, "Omarosa has jumped back into the middle of Trump White House drama," 13 Aug. 2018 New manager Julen Lopetegui, who arrived amid his stunning dismissal from Spain's national team on the eve of the World Cup, will also look to 27-year-old Lucas Vazquez and 21-year-old Borja Mayoral, a regular in Spain's youth squads. Tales Azzoni, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid prepare for life without Ronaldo," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of dismissal

1778, in the meaning defined above

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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