the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose (usually used in the phrase for the nonce ).

1150–1200; Middle English nones, in phrase for the nones, by faulty division of for then ones for the once (Middle English then dative singular of the1; ones once) Unabridged
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nonce1 (nɒns)
the present time or occasion (now only in the phrase for the nonce)
[C12: from the phrase for the nonce, a mistaken division of for then anes, literally: for the once, from then dative singular of the + anesonce]

nonce2 (nɒns)
prison slang a rapist or child molester; a sexual offender
[C20: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

abstracted from phrase for þe naness (c.1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," itself a misdivision of for þan anes "for the one," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan being from O.E. dative def. article þam. The phrase used from early 14c.
as an empty filler in metrical composition. Hence, nonce-word "word coined for a special occasion," 1954.
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Example sentences
So in reality this is all nonce of a competing monopolies.
Bond vigilantes have mostly been replaced by printing, for the nonce.
He affects a vacant stare and, for the nonce, little control of his facial
For the nonce you weren't some tame and humble inmate.
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