[nahy-sahy, nee-see]


not yet final or absolute (used, especially in law, to indicate that a judgment or decree will become final on a particular date unless set aside or invalidated by certain specified contingencies): a decree nisi.

Origin of nisi

< Latin: if not, unless (conjunction) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nisi

except, saving, nisi

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British Dictionary definitions for nisi



(postpositive) law (of a court order) coming into effect on a specified date unless cause is shown within a certain period why it should nota decree nisi

Word Origin for nisi

C19: from Latin: unless, if not
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