Definition of nolle prosequi in English:

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nolle prosequi

Pronunciation: /ˌnɒlɪ ˈprɒsɪkwʌɪ/


1A formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit.
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.
1.1(In the UK) the dismissal or termination of legal proceedings by the Attorney General.
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.


Latin, literally 'refuse to pursue'.

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