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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
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Of course it was impossible to drag our heavy elephant rifles and other kit with us across the desert, so, dismissing our bearers, we made an arrangement with an old native who had a kraal close by to take care of them till we returned.
Then the king, dismissing Rym and Coppenole with a gesture,--
In ten minutes let him be introduced," said the king, dismissing D'Artagnan again with a gesture.
She figured him sternly weighing instances of her levity in this masculine court of inquiry into feminine morality and gruffly dismissing both her and her family with some half-sarcastic, half-tolerant phrase which sealed her doom, as far as he was concerned, for ever.
Chailey, turning from the subject of sheets, dismissing them entirely, clenched her fists on the top of them, and proclaimed, "And you couldn't ask a living creature to sit where I sit
Dismissing Tantripp with a few faint words, she locked her door, and turning away from it towards the vacant room she pressed her hands hard on the top of her head, and moaned out--
The woman has spared Miss Emily the trouble of dismissing her.
Two notes came from her late that evening--one for me, one for Leonard, dismissing him with barely a reason.
By dismissing the RICO counts the plaintiff's claims for treble damages in the amount of $75 million are eliminated from the suit.
The Court also noted that the Port Authority and Strober had made strong arguments for dismissing with prejudice the claims that were brought under state law, but the Court declined to exercise federal jurisdiction over those claims.