- a judgment entered against the plaintiff in a suit when the plaintiff does not appear in court to prosecute it.
Origin of non prosequitur
First recorded in 1760–70, non prosequitur is from the Latin word nōn prōsequitur literally, he does not pursue (prosecute)
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- law (formerly) a judgment in favour of a defendant when the plaintiff failed to take the necessary steps in an action within the time allowedCompare nolle prosequi
Latin, literally: he does not prosecute
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