Nolle-prosequi meaning

nŏlē prŏsĭ-kwī, -kwē
A declaration that the plaintiff in a civil case or the prosecutor in a criminal case will drop prosecution of all or part of a suit or indictment.
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Formal notice by the prosecutor that prosecution in a criminal case will be ended as to one or more counts, one or more defendants, or altogether.
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Similar notice by the plaintiff in a civil suit.
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(law) A declaration by the prosecutor that a civil or criminal prosecution will not proceed.
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(figuratively) A refusal, a denial, a rejection.
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(law, somewhat informal) To issue such an declaration about a particular (charge or case).
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Origin of nolle-prosequi

  • Latin nōlle prōsequī to be unwilling to pursue nōlle to be unwilling prōsequī to pursue

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin nolle (“unwilling") + prosequi (“to pursue"); compare to prosecute.

    From Wiktionary