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nonsuit Syllabification: non·suit
Pronunciation: /nänˈso͞ot/

Definition of nonsuit in English:


[with object]
(Of a judge or court) subject (a plaintiff) to the stoppage of their suit on the grounds of failure to make a legal case or bring sufficient evidence.


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A court-ordered stoppage of a suit on the grounds that the plaintiff has failed to make a legal case or bring sufficient evidence.
Example sentences
  • The defendants called no evidence and claimed a nonsuit.
  • The court granted the defendant's motion for a nonsuit.


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Anglo-Norman French, literally 'not pursuing' (see non-, suit).

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