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summary judgment

Etymology: L, summa, total, jus, law, dicere, to state
(in law) a judgment requested by any party to a civil action to end the action when it is believed that there is no genuine issue or material fact in dispute. Summary judgment may be directed toward part or all of a claim or defense and may be based on the proceedings in court or on affidavits or other outside materials.

summary judgment,

n a legal course of action in which a judgment can be made against a defendant without hearing any testimony from said defendant.
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