dismissal-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: rejecting something from contemplation or consideration

Commentary: DISMISSAL[+action][+rejecting][+cognitive][+idea]

The critics' initial dismissal of the young author's novel would later embarrass them.
Mary grew frustrated by their dismissal of all her proposals during the meeting.
The dismissal of such worrisome thoughts was nearly impossible for Sally.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b, c

Sense Number 2: termination from employment or service

Commentary: DISMISSAL[+action][+ordering][+leave][+employment]
NOTE: orders the patient/object to leave - no option

The dismissal of two of his coworkers shocked Pete.
Mary saw a stack of pink dismissal slips on the desk of the HR director.
Accusations of stealing jewelry led to the dismissal of the servant.


Sense Number 3: granting permission to leave

Commentary: DISMISSAL[+action][+permitting][+leave]
NOTE: grants permission to the patient/object to leave

THe children had an early dismissal from school on Friday.
Until you give the dismissal command, your dog should keep sitting.
John's dismissal from the state penitentiary is next week.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: legal judgement to reject a court hearing

Commentary: DISMISSAL[+action][+rejecting][+legal][+hearing]
NOTE: a specific usage related to the law

The judge ordered a dismissal of the case.
Bob's hearing had a judgement of dismissal.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1