One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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).
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