- 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.
Origin of nonsuit
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Examples from the Web for nonsuit
Nonsuit for the plaintiffs—for the young student a hum of commendation.A Book About Lawyers
John Cordy Jeaffreson
If a plaintiff does not answer or appear when his name is called in court, the justice enters judgment of nonsuit.
In cases of nonsuit, and also when no cause of action is found, judgment is rendered against the plantiff for the costs.
Then the Claimant's advisers, to avoid the inevitable verdict for their opponents, elected to be nonsuit.
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
- 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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