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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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Secure individuals feel very comfortable being close to their partner, anxious people worry that they love their partner more than he or she loves them while dismissives are uncomfortable with intimacy.
fearful individuals are high in both avoidance and anxiety, dismissive are high in avoidance but low in anxiety, preoccupied are low in avoidance but high anxiety, and secure are low in both avoidance and anxiety), results support the findings of previous researchers suggesting that avoidance is a key component in the use of emotionally expressive maintenance strategies including assurances, positivity, and openness (Dainton, 2007a, 2007b; Guerreo & Bachman, 2006; Simon & Baxter, 1993).
Dismissive Materialism is a cognitive and emotional stance that says all religion and spirituality (except, perhaps, for the social benefits of belonging to a supportive organization) are stupid nonsense, and automatically dismisses any data or arguments to the contrary without bothering to really evaluate them.
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The pragmatist is typically intolerant of ambiguity, impatient with philosophical speculation and dismissive of refined historical and aesthetic sensibilities.
Prompted by a desire to recuperate Paolo Veronese's work from Giorgio Vasari's dismissive assessment, Richard Cocke invokes the commendation penned by another contemporary, probably Agostino Carracci: "I have known Paolino and have seen his beautiful works.
People can more easily be dismissive of LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered) people as an abstract idea or faceless group than they can of real people with real faces and names," said a notice in the newsletter.
But a query of film critics--habitues of theaters--found them dismissive of the meditation-meets-multiplex concept.
The world press was dismissive, calling the fight a mismatch and a sham.
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PLAID Cymru was today due to condemn the National Assembly First Minister Rhodri Morgan for using patronising, elitist and dismissive behaviour towards opposition Assembly Members.