Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    (Lat That the bill be quashed.) In practice. The form of the judgment for the defendant on a pica in abatement, where the action was commenced by bill, (billa.) 3 Bl. Comm. 303; Steph. PL 128, 131. The form of an entry made by a plaintiff on the record, after a plea in abatement, where he found that the plea could not be cohfessed and avoided, nor traversed, nor demurred to; amounting in fact to a discontinuance of the action. 2 Anchb. Pr. K. B. 3, 236; 1 Tidd, Pr. 683.