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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The carbon monoxide leak happened at dismissal time at the Rosedale Center, fire department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Three hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak that affected Rosedale Center alternative school," 6 June 2019 If the number of parent vehicles waiting at dismissal time exceeds capacity, drivers will be redirected to a north drive at Indian Trail Elementary School. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "District 112's plea to Northwood parents during temporary transition to Elm Place: Don't drive students to school," 6 June 2019 Morikis talked about putting the teacher on a two-week suspension and possible dismissal, the father said. Shannon Hall, The Courier-Journal, "An Indiana teacher awards autistic boy with the ‘most annoying male’ trophy for the year," 5 June 2019 West Bromwich Albion are still on the hunt for a new manager after the shock dismissal of Darren Moore back in March, however, the play-off semi finalists seem to have finally eyed up their number one target. SI.com, "Baggies and Boro Manager Search, Transfer Targets, Villa Move for Hause: Championship News Roundup," 5 June 2019 Three goals in 25 second half minutes after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dismissal had the visitors needing just one more to seal a dramatic comeback, with the usual raucousness of Dortmund's fans now turned to anxiety. SI.com, "6 of the Most Unbelievable Comebacks in Recent Footballing History," 28 Mar. 2018 Goldsmith referred to the Department of Justice regulation that would cover any dismissal. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "What happens to Mueller's investigation if Trump fires him?," 21 Mar. 2018 The man agreed to a disciplinary dismissal of two years, according to the settlement. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ex-UCF students who sued over expulsion for sex allegations settle," 11 July 2018 But the dismissal of the current group’s members is likely exacerbate concerns among Democrats that Mulvaney is weakening the consumer watchdog agency. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Mick Mulvaney fires members of CFPB advisory board," 7 June 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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