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nisi
as in:  nisi decree


An arch has the school’s motto painted on it: Nil magnum nisi bonum.
Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  not final or absolute
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For example, a nisi decree is an order that is temporary, but will become final on a given date unless the situation changes in some way.
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  • An arch has the school’s motto painted on it: Nil magnum nisi bonum.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • De mortuis nil nisi prius.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That the decree nisi in the case of Phillotson versus Phillotson and Fawley, pronounced six months ago, has just been made absolute.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The Bishop touched his shoulder, with gentle gravity, and said to him, "Nisi Dominus custodierit domum, in vanum vigilant qui custodiunt eam," Unless the Lord guard the house, in vain do they watch who guard it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • "I’ve got the decree nisi.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • —Decree nisi, says J. J. And Bloom letting on to be awfully deeply interested in nothing, a spider’s web in the corner behind the barrel, and the citizen scowling after him and the old dog at his feet looking up to know who to bite and when.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Lawyers of the past, haughty, pleading, beheld pass from the consolidated taxing office to Nisi Prius court Richie Goulding carrying the costbag of Goulding, Collis and Ward and heard rustling from the admiralty division of king’s bench to the court of appeal an elderly female with false teeth smiling incredulously and a black silk skirt of great amplitude.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then the decree nisi and the King’s proctor tries to show cause why and, he failing to quash it, nisi was made absolute.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then the decree nisi and the King’s proctor tries to show cause why and, he failing to quash it, nisi was made absolute.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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Associated words [difficulty]:   nisi [9] , consent decree [9]
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