decree nisi

noun Law.
a decree, especially of divorce, that will become absolute at a later date.

1890–95 Unabridged
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decree nisi (ˈnaɪsaɪ)
Compare decree absolute a provisional decree, esp in divorce proceedings, which will later be made absolute unless cause is shown why it should not

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Example sentences
Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage must be established before a court decree nisi of divorce can be issued.
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