1. an act or instance of dismissing.
  2. the state of being dismissed.
  3. a spoken or written order of discharge from employment, service, enrollment, etc.


  1. an official notice of discharge from employment or service
  2. the act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed

1806, formed on model of refusal, etc., from dismiss + -al (2); replacing earlier dismission (1540s).

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