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nonsuit

[ non-soot ]
/ nɒnˈsut /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to subject to a nonsuit.

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Origin of nonsuit

1350–1400; non- + suit; replacing Middle English nounsuyt<Anglo-French nounsute
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British Dictionary definitions for nonsuit

nonsuit
/ (nɒnˈsuːt, -ˈsjuːt) law /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to order the dismissal of the suit of (a person)
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