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nisi

[nahy-sahy, nee-see] /ˈnaɪ saɪ, ˈni si/
adjective
1.
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)
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nisi

/ˈnaɪsaɪ/
adjective
1.
(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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