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Definition of dismissal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (formal) the act of dismissing someone from their job; an example of this He still hopes to win his claim against unfair dismissal. The dismissals followed the resignation of the chairman.
  2. 2[uncountable] the failure to consider something as important Her casual dismissal of the threats seemed irresponsible. Dismissal of the last piece of evidence as unreliable would severely affect our case.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (law) the act of not allowing a trial or legal case to continue, usually because there is not enough evidence the dismissal of the appeal
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] the act of sending someone away or allowing them to leave
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