Definition of decree nisi in English:
noun (plural decrees nisi)English Law
An order by a court of law stating the date on which a marriage will end unless a good reason not to grant a divorce is produced.
- The part-time television presenter was given a decree nisi at the High Court's family division last week.
- Last year, 3,347 decrees nisi were granted in the circuit court, with two-thirds of applications being taken by women.
- Now that pension sharing has arrived, the court can split a pension on the decree nisi and hand part of it to one spouse.
late 19th century: Latin nisi 'unless'.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia