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Meaning of NONSUIT

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Non"suit`\, n. (Law)
    A neglect or failure by the plaintiff to follow up his suit;
    a stopping of the suit; a renunciation or withdrawal of the
    cause by the plaintiff, either because he is satisfied that
    he can not support it, or upon the judge's expressing his
    opinion. A compulsory nonsuit is a nonsuit ordered by the
    court on the ground that the plaintiff on his own showing has
    not made out his case.
    
    
  2. \Non"suit`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nonsuited}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Nonsuiting}.] (Law)
    To determine, adjudge, or record (a plaintiff) as having
    dropped his suit, upon his withdrawal or failure to follow it
    up. ``When two are joined in a writ, and one is nonsuited.''
    --Z. Swift.
    
    
  3. \Non"suit`\, a.
    Nonsuited. --D. A. Tyng.
    
    
 

 

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