(of a judge or court) subject (a plaintiff) to the stoppage of their suit on the grounds of failure to make a legal case or bring sufficient evidence.
A court-ordered stoppage of a suit on the grounds that the plaintiff has failed to make a legal case or bring sufficient evidence.
- ‘The court granted the defendant's motion for a nonsuit.’
- ‘The defendants called no evidence and claimed a nonsuit.’
Late Middle English (as a noun): from Anglo-Norman French, literally not pursuing (see non-, suit).