nonsuit
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French nounsuyte, from noun- non- + siute pursuit, legal suit — more at suit Date: 14th century a judgment against a plaintiff for failure to prosecute a case or inability to establish a prima facie case • nonsuit transitive verb

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  • nonsuit — non·suit /ˌnän süt/ n: a judgment entered against a plaintiff for failure to prosecute a case or inability to establish a prima facie case: dismissal nonsuit vt Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Nonsuit — Non suit , n. (Law) A neglect or failure by the plaintiff to follow up his suit; a stopping of the suit; a renunciation or withdrawal of the cause by the plaintiff, either because he is satisfied that he can not support it, or upon the judge s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonsuit — [nän′so͞ot′] n. [ME noun suyt < Anglo Fr nonsute: see NON & SUIT] Law 1. a judgment against a plaintiff for failing to proceed to trial, to establish a valid case, or to produce adequate evidence 2. the ending of a lawsuit by the voluntary… …   English World dictionary

  • Nonsuit — Non suit , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nonsuited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nonsuiting}.] (Law) To determine, adjudge, or record (a plaintiff) as having dropped his suit, upon his withdrawal or failure to follow it up. When two are joined in a writ, and one is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nonsuit — Non suit , a. Nonsuited. D. A. Tyng. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonsuit — A term broadly applied to a variety of terminations of an action which do not adjudicate issues on the merits. McColgan v. Jones, Hubbard & Donnell, 11 Cal.2d 243, 78 P.2d 1010, 1011. Name of a judgment given against the plaintiff when he is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • nonsuit — A term broadly applied to a variety of terminations of an action which do not adjudicate issues on the merits. McColgan v. Jones, Hubbard & Donnell, 11 Cal.2d 243, 78 P.2d 1010, 1011. Name of a judgment given against the plaintiff when he is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • nonsuit — A method of taking the case from the jury for the insufficiency of the plaintiff s proof. 53 Am J1st Tr § 304. A determination that the evidence of the plaintiff is insufficient to support a judgment in his favor, wherefore the case should be… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • nonsuit — /non sooht /, Law. n. 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. v.t. 2. to subject to a nonsuit. [1350 1400; NON + SUIT; r. ME nounsuyt < AF… …   Universalium

  • nonsuit — non•suit [[t]nɒnˈsut[/t]] Law. 1) law a judgment against a plaintiff who fails to prosecute a case or provides insufficient evidence 2) law to subject to a nonsuit • Etymology: 1350–1400; < AF nounsute; see suit …   From formal English to slang

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