nolle-prosequi

nolle prosequi

[nol-ee pros-i-kwahy, -kwee]
noun Law.
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:
1675–85; < Latin: be unwilling to pursue, do not prosecute

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nolle prosequi (ˈnɒlɪ ˈprɒsɪˌkwaɪ)
 
n
law Compare non prosequitur 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
 
[Latin: do not pursue (prosecute)]

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nolle prosequi
formal notice to a plaintiff that the prosecutor will not continue a suit, 1681, from L., lit. "to be unwilling to pursue." The verb nolle-pross is attested from 1880.
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