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nolle prosequi

[nol-ee pros-i-kwahy, -kwee] /ˈnɒl i ˈprɒs ɪˌkwaɪ, -ˌkwi/
noun, Law.
1.
an entry made upon the records of a court when the plaintiff or prosecutor will proceed no further in a suit or action.
Abbreviation: nol. pros.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Latin: be unwilling to pursue, do not prosecute
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British Dictionary definitions for nol. pros

nolle prosequi

/ˈnɒlɪ ˈprɒsɪˌkwaɪ/
noun
1.
(law) an entry made on the court record when the plaintiff in a civil suit or prosecutor in a criminal prosecution undertakes not to continue the action or prosecution Compare non prosequitur
Word Origin
Latin: do not pursue (prosecute)

nol. pros.

abbreviation
1.
nolle prosequi
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Word Origin and History for nol. pros

nolle prosequi

formal notice to a plaintiff that the prosecutor will not continue a suit, Latin, literally "to be unwilling to pursue." The verb nolle-pross is attested from 1880.

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nolle prosequi

in Anglo-American law, request by a prosecutor in a criminal action that the prosecution of the case cease, either on some or all of the counts or with respect to some or all of the defendants. It usually is used when there is insufficient evidence to ensure successful prosecution or when there has been a settlement between the parties out of court. The term also has been applied to the cessation of a civil suit

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