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adj. Law
Taking effect at a specified date only if no cause is shown for modification during the interim: a decree nisi.

[Latin, unless; see ne in Indo-European roots.]
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(Law) (postpositive) law (of a court order) coming into effect on a specified date unless cause is shown within a certain period why it should not: a decree nisi.
[C19: from Latin: unless, if not]
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(ˈnaɪ saɪ, ˈni si)

Law. scheduled to become final on a particular date: a decree nisi.
[< Latin: if not, unless (conjunction)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nisi - not final or absolute; "the decree is nisi and not absolute"
inconclusive - not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question; "an inconclusive reply"; "inconclusive evidence"; "the inconclusive committee vote"
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References in classic literature ?
Omnium consensu capax imperii, nisi imperasset, saith Tacitus of Galba; but of Vespasian he saith, Solus imperantium, Vespasianus mutatus in melius; though the one was meant of sufficiency, the other of manners, and affection.
Quocunque adspicio, nihil est nisi pontus et aether;
Defuncti injuria ne afficiantur was a law of the twelve tables, and De mortuis nil nisi bonum is an excellent injunction -- even if the dead in question be nothing but dead small beer.
"I've got the decree nisi. It'll be made absolute in July, and then we are going to be married at once."
Quis enim iuste vivere poterit, nisi prius quid iustum sit et iustum quod sit naturae nostrae consentaneutii esse proptereaque ageiiduni nieiite investigaverit?
IT'S OVER Paperwork from the High Court yesterday confirms the granting of a decree nisi
It's likely the club motto - Nil Satis Nisi Optimum - (Nothing But the Best is Good Enough) will also make a comeback.
Pamela said: "I didn't suspect anything until a mutual friend who knew that we had both used Lilian Rayne said that there had been a problem with their decree nisi and told me to ring Newcastle Crown Court.
In a statement the couple said: "A divorce will proceed on the undefended basis, the decree nisi is to be pronounced on 31 July, and neither party will be making any financial claims against the other.
Mr Justice Bennett pronounced a decree nisi at the High Court on the grounds that the pair had been separated for two years.
Multi-millionaire Edmonds, 56, and wife Helen, 43, were granted a decree nisi by a judge in the Family Court, Holborn, London, on Tuesday.
The pair were granted a decree nisi at Stafford County Court.