from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of discontinuing or the condition of being discontinued; cessation.
- n. Law Termination of an action by the plaintiff.
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- n. The occurrence of something being discontinued; a cessation; an ending.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of discontinuing, or the state of being discontinued; want of continued connection or continuity; breaking off; cessation; interruption
- n. A breaking off or interruption of an estate, which happened when an alienation was made by a tenant in tail, or other tenant, seized in right of another, of a larger estate than the tenant was entitled to, whereby the party ousted or injured was driven to his real action, and could not enter. This effect of such alienation is now obviated by statute in both England and the United States.
- n. The termination of an action in practice by the voluntary act of the plaintiff; an entry on the record that the plaintiff discontinues his action.
- n. That technical interruption of the proceedings in pleading in an action, which follows where a defendant does not answer the whole of the plaintiff's declaration, and the plaintiff omits to take judgment for the part unanswered.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of discontinuing; cessation; intermission; interruption of continuance.
- n. Want of continued connection or cohesion of parts; solution of continuity; want of union; disruption.
- n. In old English law, the effect of the alienation by a tenant in tail of a larger estate than he was entitled to, followed by the feoffee holding possession after the death of the former.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
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