Definition of nonsuit in English:

nonsuit

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Law
  • (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.

noun

Law
  • 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 defendants called no evidence and claimed a nonsuit.’
    • ‘The court granted the defendant's motion for a nonsuit.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun): from Anglo-Norman French, literally not pursuing (see non-, suit).

Pronunciation

nonsuit

/nänˈso͞ot/