nisi

[nahy-sahy, nee-see]
adjective
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:
< Latin: if not, unless (conjunction)

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nisi (ˈnaɪsaɪ)
 
adj
(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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Example sentences
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.
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