Ending, causing to cease, ceasing to use, giving up, leaving off. Refers to the termination or abandonment of a project, structure, highway, or the like. The cessation of the proceedings in an action where the plaintiff voluntarily puts an end to it, either by giving notice in writing to the defendant before any step has been taken in the action subsequent to the answer, or at any other time by order of the court of a judge. A non-suit; dismissal.
Under Rules practice, "dismissal" is appropriate term for discontinuance; may be voluntary or involuntary and may effect counterclaim, cross claim or third party claim. Costs may be assessed. Fed.R. Civil P. 41.
In common law pleading, that technical interruption of the proceedings in an action which follows where a defendant does not answer the whole of the plaintiffs declaration, and the plaintiff omits to take judgment for the part unanswered

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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