non prosequitur

[ non proh-sek-wi-ter ]
/ ˌnɒn proʊˈsɛk wɪ tər /

noun Law.

a judgment entered against the plaintiff in a suit when the plaintiff does not appear in court to prosecute it.

Origin of non prosequitur

First recorded in 1760–70, non prosequitur is from the Latin word nōn prōsequitur literally, he does not pursue (prosecute) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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