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dismissal

[dis-mis-uh l]
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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 dis·mis·sion [dis-mish-uh n] /dɪsˈmɪʃ ən/.

Origin of dismissal

First recorded in 1800–10; dismiss + -al2
Related formsnon·dis·mis·sal, nounpre·dis·miss·al, nounre·dis·miss·al, noun
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Examples from the Web for dismission

Historical Examples

  • What consequences are to follow his dismission is uncertain.

    The Works of William Cowper

    William Cowper

  • There were included in this dismission 27 brethren, 45 sisters.

  • On these considerations alone, I resolved to give the Colonel his dismission.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II

    Georgiana Cavendish

  • Eager as I was for my dismission, I yet trembled while I obeyed.

    Discipline

    Mary Brunton

  • Upon their dismission, I had been requested to join the company in the drawing-room.


British Dictionary definitions for dismission

dismissal

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 dismission

dismissal

n.

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

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