from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A declaration that the plaintiff in a civil case or the prosecutor in a criminal case will drop prosecution of all or part of a suit or indictment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A declaration by the prosecutor that a civil or criminal prosecution will not proceed.
- n. A refusal, a denial, a rejection.
- v. To issue such an declaration about a particular (charge or case).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Will not prosecute; -- an entry on the record, denoting that a plaintiff discontinues his suit, or the attorney for the public a prosecution; either wholly, or as to some count, or as to some of several defendants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: in civil actions, an acknowledgment by the plaintiff that he will not further prosecute his suit, as to the whole or a part of the cause of action, or against some or one of several defendants (Bingham);
- n. in criminal cases, a declaration of record from the legal representative of the government that he will no further prosecute the particular indictment or some designated part thereof (Bishop). Abbreviated nol. pros.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an entry in the court record to the effect that the plaintiff or prosecutor will not proceed
- v. drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records
Latin nōlle prōsequī, to be unwilling to pursue : nōlle, to be unwilling + prōsequī, to pursue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)