non·​suit | \ ˌnän-ˈsüt How to pronounce nonsuit (audio) \

Definition of nonsuit

: a judgment against a plaintiff for failure to prosecute a case or inability to establish a prima facie case

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Other Words from nonsuit

nonsuit transitive verb

Examples of nonsuit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defense then filed a 13-page motion for nonsuit, claiming that Greer had failed to present any eyewitness, law enforcement, scientific or documentary evidence linking Shacknai to the death. Pauline Repard,, "1 of 3 claims in Zahau wrongful death lawsuit dismissed," 20 Mar. 2018 Victoria Beckham made a slouchy nonsuit, and Fendi gave it an urban line, but either way the effect is both besuited and rebooted. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "What Your Shopping Future Has in Store," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of nonsuit

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nonsuit

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

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“Nonsuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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non·​suit | \ ˌnän-ˈsüt How to pronounce nonsuit (audio) \

Legal Definition of nonsuit

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

Other Words from nonsuit

nonsuit verb

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