Definition of Nolle prosequi

1. Noun. An entry in the court record to the effect that the plaintiff or prosecutor will not proceed.

Exact synonyms: Nol Pros
Generic synonyms: Entry

2. Verb. Drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records. "They nolle prossed the charge"
Exact synonyms: Nol.pros., Nolle Pros
Generic synonyms: Drop, Knock Off

Definition of Nolle prosequi

1. Noun. (legal) A declaration by the prosecutor that a civil or criminal prosecution will not proceed. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) A refusal, a denial, a rejection. ¹

3. Verb. (legal transitive somewhat informal) To issue such an declaration about a particular (charge or case). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nolle Prosequi

nol. pros.
nol pros
nolens volens
noli illegitimi carborundum
nolle pros
nolle prosequi (current term)
nolle prosequied
nolle prosequies
nolle prosequing
nolle prosequis
nolo contendere
nolo episcopari

Literary usage of Nolle prosequi

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"I have stated it to be not indispensable, in my view of the subject, that the nolle prosequi should be a bar in this case to a new suit against ..."

2. A Treatise on the Criminal Law of the United States by Francis Wharton (1874)
"I. nolle prosequi. ยง 513. A nolle prosequi is the voluntary withdrawal by the prosecuting authority of present proceedings on a particular bill. ..."

3. A Treatise on Criminal Pleading and Practice by Francis Wharton (1889)
"In Massachusetts, a nolle prosequi may be entered after the empanelling of ... But if the defendant objects, and demands a verdict, no nolle prosequi cao be ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature by William Johnson, New York (State). Supreme Court (1859)
"it was held, that a nolle prosequi, as to one of the defendants, ... *the court said, "that the case of a nolle prosequi could not be, in reason, ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Malicious Prosecution, False Imprisonment, and the by Martin L. Newell (1892)
"But even if it were now open to consider any such modified rule, we should be of the opinion that it would not apply when a nolle prosequi and ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Samuel March Phillipps, Andrew Amos (1838)
"At all events, upon the nolle prosequi being entered as to him, ... Where no- nolle prosequi is entered as to the witness, his situation is obviously ..."

7. Archbold's Practice of the Court of Queen's Bench in Personal Actions and by Thomas Chitty, John Frederick Archbold (1847)
"If the plaintiff enter a nolle prosequi as to a plea that covers the whole cause of action, the defendant is entitled to enter up judgment on the whole ..."

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