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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. 2018.
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  • The moment the decree nisi was pronounced he left the Courts of Justice.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • You get a decree nisi, and once more the Court tries to make me come back.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • This again is undefended and the decree nisi goes as of course.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
  • Unfortunately, he died before the decree nisi was made absolute.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • Your face, with that expression on it, is a decree nisi with costs.

    The Helpmate

    May Sinclair
  • The time-honoured alliance of dulness and respectability has had its decree nisi from the American press.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • In due course he obtained his decree nisi, which later on was made absolute.

    If Only etc. Francis Clement Philips and Augustus Harris
  • 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
  • In 1842 she returned to England, and shortly afterwards her husband obtained a decree nisi for divorce.

  • 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
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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