nonsuit

noun

non·​suit ˌnän-ˈsüt How to pronounce nonsuit (audio)
: a judgment against a plaintiff for failure to prosecute a case or inability to establish a prima facie case
nonsuit transitive verb

Examples of nonsuit in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French nounsuyte, from noun- non- + siute pursuit, legal suit — more at suit entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsuit was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nonsuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonsuit. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

nonsuit

noun
non·​suit ˌnän-ˈsüt How to pronounce nonsuit (audio)
1
: a judgment entered against a plaintiff for failure to prosecute a case or inability to establish a prima facie case : dismissal
2
: voluntary dismissal at dismissal
nonsuit verb
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