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nisi (NY-sy, NEE-see) adjective

Not yet final, taking effect at a later date unless invalidated by a certain cause.

The word usually appears in forms such as "decree nisi", "order nisi".

[From Latin nisi (unless, if not), from ne- (not) + si (if).]

A Latin injunction that uses this term is: De mortuis nil nisi bonum (Say nothing but good of the dead).

"The following divorces were granted decree nisi on December 19, 2003." Divorces Granted; The Royal Gazette (Bermuda); Jan 25, 2004.

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To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, 'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.' -Ansel Adams, photographer (1902-1984)

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