a judgment given against a plaintiff who neglects to prosecute, or who fails to show a legal cause of action or to bring sufficient evidence.
to subject to a nonsuit.
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How to use nonsuit in a sentence
That was made at nisi prius in answer to a motion for a nonsuit in an action brought for an infringement of a patent right.Monopolies and the People | D. C. Cloud
Then the Claimant's advisers, to avoid the inevitable verdict for their opponents, elected to be nonsuit.
In cases of nonsuit, and also when no cause of action is found, judgment is rendered against the plantiff for the costs.The Government Class Book | Andrew W. Young
If a plaintiff does not answer or appear when his name is called in court, the justice enters judgment of nonsuit.The Government Class Book | Andrew W. Young
nonsuit for the plaintiffs—for the young student a hum of commendation.A Book About Lawyers | John Cordy Jeaffreson
British Dictionary definitions for nonsuit
an order of a judge dismissing a suit when the plaintiff fails to show he has a good cause of action or fails to produce any evidence
(tr) to order the dismissal of the suit of (a person)
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