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[nahy-sahy, nee-see]
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  1. 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.
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Origin of nisi

< Latin: if not, unless (conjunction)
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Henry II puts it the other way, p. 220: 'Nisi sunt in dominio meo.'

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • The natural consequence of this is that we cannot get out of "Nisi prius."

  • Neque enim vel factum aliud ullum vel qulibet existere poterit voluntas, nisi quam nescia falli providentia divina prsenserit.

British Dictionary definitions for nisi


  1. (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
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: unless, if not
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