- 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 of nonsuitMiddle English noun suyt ; from Anglo-French nonsute: see non- and amp; suit
to bring a nonsuit against (a plaintiff or his case)
- A judgment against a plaintiff for failure to present enough evidence for a jury to decide in the plaintiff's favor, or for failure to pursue a lawsuit, such as by proceeding to trial.
- A dismissal of a lawsuit because the plaintiff has failed to pursue it.
transitive verbnon·suit·ed, non·suit·ing, non·suits
To render a judgment of nonsuit against (a plaintiff).
Origin of nonsuitMiddle 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.