decree nisi

[ nahy-sahy ]
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  1. a decree, especially of divorce, that will become absolute at a later date.

Origin of decree nisi

First recorded in 1890–95

Words Nearby decree nisi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use decree nisi in a sentence

  • 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
  • Then the decree nisi and the King's proctor tries to show cause why and, he failing to quash it, nisi was made absolute.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • In special cases the court has power to make the decree absolute before the expiration of six months after the decree nisi.

  • The decree nisi was made absolute a few days before I left London.

    The Dop Doctor | Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • You get a decree nisi, and once more the Court tries to make me come back.

    Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for decree nisi

decree nisi

/ (ˈnaɪsaɪ) /

  1. 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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