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nonsuit

[non-soot] /nɒnˈsut/ Law.
noun
1.
a judgment given against a plaintiff who neglects to prosecute, or who fails to show a legal cause of action or to bring sufficient evidence.
verb (used with object)
2.
to subject to a nonsuit.
Origin of nonsuit
1350-1400
1350-1400; non- + suit; replacing Middle English nounsuyt < Anglo-French nounsute
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Examples from the Web for nonsuit
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  • nonsuit for the plaintiffs—for the young student a hum of commendation.

    A Book About Lawyers

    John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • If a plaintiff does not answer or appear when his name is called in court, the justice enters judgment of nonsuit.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • In cases of nonsuit, and also when no cause of action is found, judgment is rendered against the plantiff for the costs.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • Then the Claimant's advisers, to avoid the inevitable verdict for their opponents, elected to be nonsuit.

  • That was made at nisi prius in answer to a motion for a nonsuit in an action brought for an infringement of a patent right.

British Dictionary definitions for nonsuit

nonsuit

/nɒnˈsuːt; -ˈsjuːt/
noun
1.
an order of a judge dismissing a suit when the plaintiff fails to show he has a good cause of action or fails to produce any evidence
verb
2.
(transitive) to order the dismissal of the suit of (a person)
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