Definition of nolle prosequi in English:

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nolle prosequi

Pronunciation: /ˌnälē ˈpräsəˌkwē/


1A formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit or action.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1The entry of nolle prosequi in a court record.
Example sentences
  • The power of the Attorney to issue a nolle prosequi has no statutory basis.
  • The Attorney-General may stop any prosecution on indictment by entering 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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