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1. 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.
2. A dismissal of a lawsuit because the plaintiff has failed to pursue it.
tr.v. non·suit·ed, non·suit·ing, non·suits
To render a judgment of nonsuit against (a plaintiff).
[Middle English, failure of a plaintiff to prosecute, from Anglo-Norman nounsuite : noun-, no (from Latin nōn; see non-) + suite, suit; see suit.]
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nonsuit(nɒnˈsuːt; -ˈsjuːt) law
(Law) an order of a judge dismissing a suit when the plaintiff fails to show he or she has a good cause of action or fails to produce any evidence
(Law) (tr) to order the dismissal of the suit of (a person)
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1. a judgment against a plaintiff who fails to prosecute a case or provides insufficient evidence.v.t.
2. to subject to a nonsuit.
[1350–1400; < Anglo-French nounsute; see suit]
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Past participle: nonsuited
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