dismiss

(redirected from dismissals)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Wikipedia.
Related to dismissals: Unfair dismissal

dismiss

v. the ruling by a judge that all or a portion (one or more of the causes of action) of the plaintiff's lawsuit is terminated (thrown out) at that point without further evidence or testimony. This judgment may be made before, during, or at the end of a trial, when the judge becomes convinced that the plaintiff has not and cannot prove his/her/its case. This can be based on the complaint not alleging a cause of action, a motion for summary judgment, plaintiff's opening statement of what will be proved, or some development in the evidence by either side which bars judgment for the plaintiff. The judge may dismiss on his own or upon motion by the defendant. The plaintiff may voluntarily dismiss a cause of action before or during trial if the case is settled, if it is not provable, or trial strategy dictates getting rid of a weak claim. A defendant may be "dismissed" from a lawsuit, meaning the suit is dropped against that party. (See: dismissal)

dismiss

(Discharge), verb cashier, cast out, demobilize, depose, deprive of force, disemploy, dispatch, dispense with, displace, dispossess, eject, expel, fire, lay off, oust, purge, remove, remove from office, send away, send off, set free, suspend, turn away, turn out, unseat, vacate
Associated concepts: dismiss a cause of action, dismissal beeause of laches, dismissed for cause, dismissed with prejuuice, dismissed without prejudice, motion to dismiss, mooion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction, nonsuit

dismiss

(Put out of consideration), verb brush aside, decline, deny, disallow, disavow, discountenance, ignore, lay aside, not hear of, pass over, pay no reeard to, put out of mind, refuse, reject, rule out, set aside, take no notice, think no more of
See also: abandon, banish, cancel, cede, clear, condone, controvert, decry, deport, depose, disband, discharge, discontinue, dislodge, dispel, displace, disregard, eject, eliminate, except, exclude, exculpate, expel, forgo, free, liberate, oust, override, quash, rebuff, recall, refuse, reject, release, relegate, relinquish, remit, remove, renounce, rescind, revoke, send, superannuate, supplant, vindicate, waive
References in classic literature ?
A CHIEF of Police who had seen an Officer beating a Thug was very indignant, and said he must not do so any more on pain of dismissal.
At the time of the Trial, your husband surprised and distressed me by insisting on the instant dismissal of all the household servants at Gleninch.
My shameful dismissal from this house may be a question of a few hours.
While she dressed me I explained to her my intentions and what assistance I should require from her, and told her which of my things she was to pack up, and what she was to leave behind for herself, as I had no other means of recompensing her for this sudden dismissal after her long and faithful service: a circumstance I most deeply regretted, but could not avoid.
Then came letters, then the doctor again and again, and finally my dismissal in the incredible words which have necessitated these explanations.
And at the foot of the stairs the author of my dismissal, that confounded Theobald, flung open his door and waylaid me.
The doctor's alarms, his unscrupulous venality, the simulated illness, my own dismissal, each fitted in its obvious place, and not even the last had power as yet to mar my joy in the one central fact to which all the rest were as tapers to the sun.
Come on, Mary, an' be good, an' cut that stuff," was Billy's dismissal of her, as he turned to Saxon.
Sabin accepted his dismissal from audience, and went back to Lucille.
When I received my dismissal, I could see that she took the blackest view possible of the Colonel's motives, and that she was bent on getting the Moonstone out of her daughter's possession at the first opportunity.
Feigning to be wholly unconscious of the abrupt wave of the hand which rendered this farewell tantamount to a dismissal, Mr Chester retorted with a bland and heartfelt benediction, and inquired of Gabriel in what direction HE was going.
The dismissal, and its accompanying finger pointed straight at the door, was so curt and direct that Mr Pancks did not see his way to prolong his visit.