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

    The dismissal of an action, suit, motion, etc., is an order or judgment finally disposing of it by sending it out of court, though without a trial of the issues involved. Frederick v. Bank, 106 111. 149; Dowling v. Polack, 18 Cal. 627; Brackenridge v. State, 27 Tex. App. 513, 11 S. W. 630, 4 L. RA. 360.
    —Dismissal agreed. A dismissal entered in accordance with the agreement of the parlies, amounting to an adjudication of the matters in dispute between them or to a renunciation by the complainant of the claims asserted in his pleadings. Root v. Water Supply Co., 46 Kan. 183, 26 Pac. 398; Lindsay v. Allen, ll2 Tenn. 637, 82 S. W. 171. See Haldeman v. U. S , 91 U S. 586, 23 In Ed. 433.
    —Dismissal without prejudice. Dismissal of a bili in equity without prejudice to the right of the complainant to sue again on the same cause of action. The effect of the wo ids "without prejudice" is to prevent the decree of dismissal from operating as a bar to a subsequent suit. Lang v. Waring, 25 Ala. 625, 60 Am. Dec. 533.