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nolle prosequi

[nol-ee pros-i-kwahy, -kwee]
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noun Law.
  1. an entry made upon the records of a court when the plaintiff or prosecutor will proceed no further in a suit or action. Abbreviation: nol. pros.

Origin of nolle prosequi

1675–85; < Latin: be unwilling to pursue, do not prosecute
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British Dictionary definitions for nolle prosequi

nolle prosequi

noun
  1. law an entry made on the court record when the plaintiff in a civil suit or prosecutor in a criminal prosecution undertakes not to continue the action or prosecutionCompare non prosequitur

Word Origin

Latin: do not pursue (prosecute)
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Word Origin and History for nolle prosequi

formal notice to a plaintiff that the prosecutor will not continue a suit, Latin, literally "to be unwilling to pursue." The verb nolle-pross is attested from 1880.

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