Definition of nonsuit in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɒnˈsuːt/


[with object]
Stop (a lawsuit or the plaintiff bringing it), either by voluntary withdrawal by the plaintiff, or by a finding by the judge that the plaintiff has failed to make a legal case or bring sufficient evidence: another action where the plaintiff has been nonsuited


An instance of nonsuiting a lawsuit or the plaintiff bringing it.
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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