dismissal

noun
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 Another defendant was pardoned by former President Donald Trump and a third defendant got a deal that’s expected to lead to the dismissal of his case. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2022 The incident happened at Wauconda High School when police notified school staff prior to dismissal that there was a possible weapon in the building, according to FOX 32. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 19 Aug. 2022 Another defendant was pardoned by former President Donald Trump and a third defendant got a deal that's expected to lead to the dismissal of his case. CBS News, 1 July 2022 The company was seeking to raise as much as $200 million in February when allegations of irregularities emerged the following month, prompting an investigation that led to the dismissal of Bose. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 20 June 2022 The crisis has led to the dismissal of dozens of cases and left an estimated 500 defendants statewide – including several dozen in custody on serious felonies – without legal representation. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Texas has held hundreds of migrant men arrested at the border in special state prison units without filing formal charges, leading to the dismissal of their cases. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Last week, a federal judge in Cincinnati agreed to the dismissal of the firm's lawsuit that sought to block vaccine mandates at five southwest Ohio hospital systems. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 4 Feb. 2022 The justices immediately pounced on her claim, made on behalf of the Obama administration, that First Amendment protections for religion did not apply to a church school's dismissal of a teacher who held ministerial duties. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Dismissal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissal. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for dismissal

dismissal

noun
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.

dismissal

noun
dis·​mis·​sal

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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