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decree nisi

[ nahy-sahy ]
/ ˈnaɪ saɪ /
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noun Law.

a decree, especially of divorce, that will become absolute at a later date.

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Origin of decree nisi

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for decree nisi

decree nisi
/ (ˈnaɪsaɪ) /

noun

a provisional decree, esp in divorce proceedings, which will later be made absolute unless cause is shown why it should notCompare decree absolute
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