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dismissal

[dis-mis-uh l] /dɪsˈmɪs əl/
noun
1.
an act or instance of dismissing.
2.
the state of being dismissed.
3.
a spoken or written order of discharge from employment, service, enrollment, etc.
Also, dismission
[dis-mish-uh n] /dɪsˈmɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of dismissal
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; dismiss + -al2
Related forms
nondismissal, noun
predismissal, noun
redismissal, noun
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Examples from the Web for dismissal
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  • His dismissal from the staff was a wise move, tempered by unexpected clemency.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "There—if it's correct, that's all," she told him in a tone of dismissal, and waited openly for him to go.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • His dismissal of himself from his description, was hardly less remarkable.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • For the third time he looked up at her, and there was dismissal in his glance.

  • She moved her head slowly, a sign of assent, also of dismissal.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for dismissal

dismissal

/dɪsˈmɪsəl/
noun
1.
an official notice of discharge from employment or service
2.
the act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed
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Word Origin and History for dismissal
n.

1806, formed on model of refusal, etc., from dismiss + -al (2); replacing earlier dismission (1540s).

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