1A formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit or action.
- ‘The prosecutor had sole, unfettered discretion to enter a nolle prosequi in this case.’
- ‘In considering the court's power to dismiss a case for pretrial delays it is useful to consider the right of the prosecutor to seek a nolle prosequi.’
- 1.1 The entry of nolle prosequi in a court record.
- ‘The Attorney-General may stop any prosecution on indictment by entering a nolle prosequi.’
- ‘The power of the Attorney to issue a nolle prosequi has no statutory basis.’
Late 17th century: Latin, literally be unwilling to pursue.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.