One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stop (a lawsuit or the plaintiff bringing it), either by voluntary withdrawal by the plaintiff, or by a finding by the judge that the plaintiff has failed to make a legal case or bring sufficient evidence.‘another action where the plaintiff has been nonsuited’
An instance of nonsuiting a lawsuit or the plaintiff bringing it.
- ‘The defendants called no evidence and claimed a nonsuit.’
- ‘The court granted the defendant's motion for a nonsuit.’
Late Middle English (as a noun): from Anglo-Norman French, literally ‘not pursuing’ (see non-, suit).
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