[dis-mis-uh l]


an act or instance of dismissing.
the state of being dismissed.
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 dismissal

Contemporary Examples of dismissal

Historical Examples of dismissal

  • His dismissal from the staff was a wise move, tempered by unexpected clemency.


    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



an official notice of discharge from employment or service
the act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed
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Word Origin and History for dismissal

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

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