dismissal

noun
dis·​miss·​al | \ -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

Synonyms

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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The outcome this time was the dismissal of a longtime assistant. Jay Cohen, The Seattle Times, "Meyer says assistant’s firing best thing for Buckeyes," 24 July 2018 CBS Baltimore reports that schools near the scene of the shooting had been on alert and delayed dismissal, per county officials. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Baltimore County police officer shot, killed in line of duty," 21 May 2018 The immediate issue was Musk's arrogant dismissal of queries from two analysts on Tesla's conference call to discuss its first-quarter results. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Musk apologizes for his bizarre investor call, but still gets things bizarrely wrong," 4 May 2018 This is the third coaching dismissal since the end of the regular season on Wednesday. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after five seasons," 13 Apr. 2018 Aso said Sagawa received a salary cut for his handling of the scandal, indicating that his resignation was virtually a dismissal. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Japan finance ministry confirms death of official in scandal," 10 Mar. 2018 Aso said Sagawa received a salary cut for his handling of the scandal, indicating that his resignation was virtually a dismissal. Washington Post, "Japan finance ministry confirms death of official in scandal," 9 Mar. 2018 Guard J’Mychal Reese, the son of then-assistant John Reese, was the other dismissal in December 2013. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Aggies suddenly much thinner at guard," 12 Feb. 2018 Our lawsuits have survived important legal challenges thrown up by an army of Big Pharma lawyers only to have our co-plaintiff, the Justice Department, inexplicably seek a voluntary dismissal. WSJ, "We’re Using, Not Abusing, Whistleblower Act," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of dismissal

1778, in the meaning defined above

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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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