Definition of dismissal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈmis(ə)l/


1The act of ordering or allowing someone to leave: their controversial dismissal from the competition
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  • I saw him pause, his forehead furrowing at her dismissal of me.
  • For Whittingham, the manner of her dismissal still haunts her.
  • Marston bowed, hearing a dismissal in the kings words.
termination, discharge, one's notice;
redundancy, laying off
informal the sack, sacking, firing, the boot, the ax, one's marching orders, the pink slip
Military  cashiering
rejection, repudiation, repulse, nonacceptance
informal kiss-off, brush-off
1.1The act of removing someone from employment or office; discharge: the dismissal of an employee a claim for unfair dismissal
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  • Both have been unsuccessful in their claims for unfair dismissal.
  • There is no fixed rule of law defining the degree of misconduct which will justify dismissal.
  • At the Tulle plant, where 200 of 389 employees are threatened with dismissal, 150 workers went out on strike.
1.2 Cricket An instance of ending a batsman’s innings or of having one’s innings ended: marring his effort was his dismissal in the next over
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  • England supporters will be well aware of a disputed LBW dismissal of top West Indian batsman Brian Lara in the final test at the Oval.
  • All of the bowlers must enjoy a more productive season than last year when Ryan Sidebottom was the leading wicket-taker with only 41 dismissals.
  • But, after the dismissal of Adams early in the second half, Saints came back with goals from Keigan Parker and Momo Sylla.
2The act of treating something as unworthy of serious consideration; rejection: the government’s dismissal of the report
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  • I can't really think of a clever dismissal or arch comment to make about this.
  • But his dismissal of the Weekly Standard's article on Lennon's "Imagine" is misguided.
  • As with O'Reilly, offhand dismissal of critics is not a good practice for any business, organization, group, or individual.
2.1 Law A decision not to continue hearing a case: the dismissal of the appeal
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  • Two defenses were laid out in a Christian Science Monitor story following the Dupre dismissal.
  • Given the interlocutory nature of this appeal, a remand rather than an outright dismissal is appropriate.
  • The time from its first hearing in the High Court to an appeal and dismissal by the law lords was about 36 hours.

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Syllabification: dis·miss·al

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