Definition of decree nisi in English:

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decree nisi

Pronunciation: /dɪˌkriː ˈnʌɪsʌɪ/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

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