Definition of dismissal
From dismiss + -al. A nineteenth-century coinage (modelled on committal etc.), replacing the regular form dismission.
dismissal (plural dismissals)
- The act of sending someone away.
- Deprivation of office; the fact or process of being fired from employment or stripped of rank.
- A written or spoken statement of such an act.
- Release from confinement; liberation.
- Removal from consideration; putting something out of one's mind, mentally disregarding something or someone.
- (law) The rejection of a legal proceeding, or a claim or charge made therein.
In litigation, a dismissal is the result of a successful motion to dismiss. See motion (legal).
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