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decree nisi

[nahy-sahy] /ˈnaɪ saɪ/
noun, Law.
a decree, especially of divorce, that will become absolute at a later date.
Origin of decree nisi
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This again is undefended and the decree nisi goes as of course.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
  • You get a decree nisi, and once more the Court tries to make me come back.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • In Scotland there is no decree nisi, no decree absolute, and no intervention by the King's Proctor.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • Unfortunately, he died before the decree nisi was made absolute.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • In the suit of Bulford vs. Bulford and Kenion, the petitioner obtained a decree nisi; and soon the decree will be made absolute.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • In due course he obtained his decree nisi, which later on was made absolute.

    If Only etc. Francis Clement Philips and Augustus Harris
  • Field rather pooh-poohed her art, as the months went by after the decree nisi was pronounced.

    One Man's View Leonard Merrick
  • How this was arranged I do not know, but the decree nisi and the decree absolute were granted without any difficulties arising.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • But there was no decree nisi even, the injured husband possessing a legal heir by a previously-deceased wife.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • In 1842 she returned to England, and shortly afterwards her husband obtained a decree nisi for divorce.

British Dictionary definitions for decree nisi

decree nisi

a provisional decree, esp in divorce proceedings, which will later be made absolute unless cause is shown why it should not Compare decree absolute
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