nolle prosequi

[ nol-ee pros-i-kwahy, -kwee ]
/ ˈnɒl i ˈprɒs ɪˌkwaɪ, -ˌkwi /

noun Law.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for nolle prosequi

nolle prosequi
/ (ˈnɒlɪ ˈprɒsɪˌkwaɪ) /


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 for nolle prosequi

Latin: do not pursue (prosecute)
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