1A formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit or action.
- The prosecutor had sole, unfettered discretion to enter a nolle prosequi in this case.
- In considering the court's power to dismiss a case for pretrial delays it is useful to consider the right of the prosecutor to seek a nolle prosequi.
Late 17th century: Latin, literally 'be unwilling to pursue'.
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Syllabification: nol·le pros·e·qui
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