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[dis-mis-uh l] /dɪsˈmɪs əl/
an act or instance of dismissing.
the state of being dismissed.
a spoken or written order of discharge from employment, service, enrollment, etc.
Also, dismission
[dis-mish-uh n] /dɪsˈmɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dismissal
1800-10; dismiss + -al2
Related forms
nondismissal, noun
predismissal, noun
redismissal, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dismissal
  • He kept a straight face, but professional dismissal oozed from his pores.
  • Your easy dismissal ignores the facts about the solar industry.
  • The casual dismissal of contradictory evidence by the established scientific community is counterproductive.
  • There is no room in science for this type of flippant dismissal of valid critique of scientific work.
  • Once the clout of an advocate is weakened, the stage is set for dismissal of the proponent's position.
  • My dismissal of the subject is due solely to the utter absence of even the thinnest proof.
  • He disagrees robustly with its dismissal of a significant troop increase.
  • We'd rather not enact a wholesale dismissal of basic human rights.
  • It turns out the ultimate answer was a slap up the side of the head followed by a dismissal from the room.
  • Nor is dismissal of his work by the literary establishment anything new.
British Dictionary definitions for dismissal


an official notice of discharge from employment or service
the act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed
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Word Origin and History for dismissal

1806, formed on model of refusal, etc., from dismiss + -al (2); replacing earlier dismission (1540s).

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