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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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As the public generally suffers at the end of a war, by the sudden dismission of a great number of soldiers and seamen, who, having contracted a habit of idleness, and finding themselves without employment and the means of subsistence, engage in desperate courses, and prey upon the community; it was judged expedient to provide an opening, through which these unquiet spirits might exhale without damage to the commonwealth.
For a dismission of measures of processor speed, see Cole et al.
To reverse and undo what has been done by a predecessor is very often considered by a successor, as the best proof he can give of his own capacity and desert; and, in addition to this propensity, where the alteration has been the result of public choice, the person substituted is warranted in supposing, that the dismission of his predecessor has proceeded from a dislike to his measures, and that the less he resembles him the more he will recommend himself to the favor of his constituents.