Definition of decree nisi noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


decree nisi

BrE BrE//dɪˌkriː ˈnaɪsaɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌkriː ˈnaɪsaɪ//
[singular] (British English, law)
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an order from a court that a marriage will end after a fixed amount of time unless there is a good reason why it should not Word Originlate 19th cent.: Latin nisi ‘unless’.