dismissal

noun
dis·​miss·​al | \-ˈmi-səl \

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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But in meetings with law enforcement officials in the chaotic days immediately after Comey’s dismissal, and in subsequent conversations with colleagues and friends, Rosenstein appeared conflicted, according to the four people. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Shaken’ Rosenstein felt used by White House in Comey firing," 30 June 2018 But in meetings with law enforcement officials in the chaotic days immediately after Mr. Comey’s dismissal, and in subsequent conversations with colleagues and friends, Mr. Rosenstein appeared conflicted, according to the four people. New York Times, "‘Shaken’ Rosenstein Felt Used by White House in Comey Firing," 29 June 2018 After O'Day’s dismissal, Showalter took over and earned an ejection himself. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Before Darren O'Day's first career ejection, history repeats itself with umpire's balk call," 26 June 2018 There is no ability to bring a private civil lawsuit after an Unfair Labor Practice charge dismissal. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Walt Disney World union loses fight over $1,000 bonuses," 1 June 2018 But despite questions of whom will lead the Detroit Pistons after the dismissal of team president and coach Stan Van Gundy last week, the business of the NBA goes on. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons meeting with Kansas' Mykhailiuk on 1st day of combine," 15 May 2018 After the dismissal of her most recent DWI, Amato was attempting to have all records of the case destroyed; an expunction hearing was set for next month. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "DA refiles dismissed DWI," 14 May 2018 Taking over less than a week before the regular season after the dismissal of Max Spinner, Peterson led the Bobcats to a 17-12 record with an appearance in the Class 9A regional quarterfinals. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton removes interim tag, names John Peterson basketball coach," 10 Apr. 2018 Deputies said he was found Monday riding his skateboard on campus after dismissal after being told to stay away. CBS News, "Florida high school requiring clear backpacks, ID badges after shooting," 22 Mar. 2018

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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 \

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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