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non prosequitur

[non proh-sek-wi-ter] /ˌnɒn proʊˈsɛk wɪ tər/
noun, Law.
1.
a judgment entered against the plaintiff in a suit when the plaintiff does not appear in court to prosecute it.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Latin nōn prōsequitur literally, he does not pursue (prosecute)
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non prosequitur

/ˈnɒn prəʊˈsɛkwɪtə/
noun
1.
(law) (formerly) a judgment in favour of a defendant when the plaintiff failed to take the necessary steps in an action within the time allowed Compare nolle prosequi
Word Origin
Latin, literally: he does not prosecute
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