[nahy-hil ob-stat, nee-]
- permission to publish a book, granted by an official censor who, upon examining it, has certified that it contains nothing contrary to faith or morals.
Origin of nihil obstat
1885–90; < Latin: literally, nothing stands in the way
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- the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
Latin, literally: nothing hinders