[ non-soot ]

  1. 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)
  1. to subject to a nonsuit.

Origin of nonsuit

1350–1400; non- + suit; replacing Middle English nounsuyt<Anglo-French nounsute

Words Nearby nonsuit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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.

  • 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


/ (nɒnˈsuːt, -ˈsjuːt) law /

  1. 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

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

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