[ non proh-sek-wi-ter ]
/ ˌnɒn proʊˈsɛk wɪ tər /
a judgment entered against the plaintiff in a suit when the plaintiff does not appear in court to prosecute it.
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- non obst.,
- non obstante,
- non placet,
- non possumus,
- non pros.,
- non rep.,
- non repetatur,
- non seq.,
- non sequitur,
- non troppo
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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/ (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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