- 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)
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Examples from the Web for nisi
He was great both at nisi prius and before an appellate tribunal.The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
Ward H. Lamon
He was great at nisi prius and before an appellate tribunal.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2)
William H. Herndon
Henry II puts it the other way, p. 220: 'Nisi sunt in dominio meo.'Villainage in England
The natural consequence of this is that we cannot get out of "Nisi prius."Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris
Neque enim vel factum aliud ullum vel qulibet existere poterit voluntas, nisi quam nescia falli providentia divina prsenserit.
- (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
C19: from Latin: unless, if not
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