Definition of decree nisi in English:

decree 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.

    • ‘Braque remained Mrs Picasso long after the decree nisi had come through.’
    • ‘The part-time television presenter was given a decree nisi at the High Court's family division last week.’
    • ‘Now that pension sharing has arrived, the court can split a pension on the decree nisi and hand part of it to one spouse.’
    • ‘Last year, 3,347 decrees nisi were granted in the circuit court, with two-thirds of applications being taken by women.’
    • ‘In normal circumstances divorce attracts little media publicity and in many countries the print media only carry it in the decree nisi column.’


Late 19th century: Latin nisi ‘unless’.


decree nisi

/dɪˌkriː ˈnʌɪsʌɪ/