non prosequitur

[ non proh-sek-wi-ter ]
/ ˌnɒn proʊˈsɛk wɪ tər /
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noun Law.
a judgment entered against the plaintiff in a suit when the plaintiff does not appear in court to prosecute it.
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Origin of non prosequitur

First recorded in 1760–70, non prosequitur is from Latin nōn prōsequitur literally, “he does not pursue (prosecute)”
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British Dictionary definitions for non prosequitur

non prosequitur
/ (ˈnɒn prəʊˈsɛkwɪtə) /

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

Word Origin for non prosequitur

Latin, literally: he does not prosecute
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