One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A day on which no legal business can be done, or which does not count for legal purposes.
- ‘The 1983 Representation of the People's Act specifically states that a general election cannot be held on a dies non.’
- ‘And although there are two lines, each sends its boats on the same days with the other; so that if the traveler is so unfortunate as to reach Gibraltar on a dies non, there is no alternative but to await tomorrow's embarrassment of riches.’
- ‘Obligations maturing on a ‘dies non’ are to be discharged the day after.’
- ‘To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to use improved technology to provide for a closing date for absent vote applications nearer the date of elections; what proposals he has to abolish dies non in future calculations of election timetables; and if he will make a statement.’
- ‘If the last day is a Saturday or Sunday, or other dies non, he ought not to leave it until the last day.’
Latin, short for dies non juridicus ‘non-judicial day’.
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