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Monday, February 01, 2016

Definitions for nonce

  1. the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose (usually used in the phrase for the nonce).

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Citations for nonce
...I deemed it best to shelve their problem for the nonce and turn the mind to the matter of Gussie, which presented a brighter picture. P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves, 1934
We may of course have considerable difficulty in deciding which norms are for the nonce and which are fixed. Wayne C. Booth, The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction, 1988
Origin of nonce
Nonce derives from the Middle English word nones, used in the phrase for the nones, which was a faulty division of the phrase for then ones meaning "for the once."
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