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[nahy-sahy, nee-see] /ˈnaɪ saɪ, ˈni si/
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) Unabridged
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  • If the finding is in the affirmative, the court shall approve the agreement and enter a judgment of divorce nisi.
  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage must be established before a court decree nisi of divorce can be issued.
British Dictionary definitions for nisi


(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
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: unless, if not
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