decree nisi(redirected from decrees nisi)
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(Law) 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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|Noun||1.||decree nisi - a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date|
decree, fiat, edict, rescript, order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"