Dismiss Definition

(1) During a lawsuit, to terminate the case, or a claim, defense, or party to the case, without further evidence or testimony. A judgment of dismissal can be made before, or at any time during, the trial. The judge can independently decide to dismiss or can order a dismissal in response to a motion by a party. A plaintiff can elect to voluntarily dismiss their case, but in some circumstances the court's permission will be necessary.

(2) To terminate an employee's or agent's employment.