nonsuit definition by Webster's New World
- a judgment against a plaintiff for failing to proceed to trial, to establish a valid case, or to produce adequate evidence
- the ending of a lawsuit by the voluntary withdrawal of the plaintiff
Origin: Middle English noun suyt ; from Anglo-French nonsute: see non- and amp; suit
nonsuit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, failure of a plaintiff to prosecute, from Anglo-Norman nounsuite : noun-, no (from Latin nōn; see non-) + suite, suit; see suit.
nonsuit - Legal Definition
- The dismissal of a case by the judge for procedural infirmity or lack of any evidence, without reaching a decision on the merits.
- A plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of a case.