nolle prosequi

noun
nol·​le pro·​se·​qui | \ ˌnä-lē-ˈprä-sə-ˌkwī How to pronounce nolle prosequi (audio) \

Definition of nolle prosequi

: an entry on the record of a legal action denoting that the prosecutor or plaintiff will proceed no further in an action or suit either as a whole or as to some count or as to one or more of several defendants

First Known Use of nolle prosequi

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nolle prosequi

Latin, to be unwilling to pursue

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nolition

no little

noll

nolle prosequi

noll-kholl

nolo

no-load

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nolle prosequi

noun
nolle pros·​e·​qui | \ -ˈprä-sə-ˌkwī, -ˌkwē How to pronounce nolle prosequi (audio) \

Legal Definition of nolle prosequi

: an entry in a criminal action denoting that the prosecutor will not prosecute the case further in whole or as to one or more of several counts or one or more of several defendants — compare non prosequitur

History and Etymology for nolle prosequi

Latin, to be unwilling to pursue

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