American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. law A declaration by the prosecutor that a civil or criminal prosecution will not proceed.
- n. figuratively A refusal, a denial, a rejection.
- v. law, transitive To issue such an declaration about a particular (charge or case).
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Law) 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.
- 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)
“A bill to require the Judges of the Superior Court of the various counties in this State to enter a nolle prosequi in certain cases and for other purposes.”
“Also, a bill to require the Judges of the Superior Courts of the various counties in this State, to enter a nolle prosequi in certain cases:”
“The guilty parties were never arrested, and a nolle prosequi was entered at the October term at court, 1835.”
“Also a bill to require the Judges of the Superior Courts of the various counties in this State, to enter a nolle prosequi in certain cases, and for other purposes.”
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