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  • adv. For the time being, with the expectation that the situation may change.


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  • Overcome for the nonce by his hereditary fear of man, the brute retreated, raising a prolonged call to his brothers; and greedily they answered, till a ring of crouching, jaw-slobbered gray was stretched round about.


  • Bianchon, one of his fictitious personages, had become for the nonce a living reality.


  • That lady, for the nonce speechless, turned over the article in question.

    Jack London Play:The Scorn of Women

  • And when he did sleep, his brain worked on, and for the nonce he, too, wandered through the white unknown, struggled with the dogs on endless trails, and saw men live, and toil, and die like men.

    An Odyssey of the North


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  • I think it means "for now," or more archaically, "for the now."

    "I can't decide which wall that picture looks best on. Let's leave it on the floor, just for the nonce."

    Something like that. At least that's how I picture this lovely phrase being used in the modern parlance.

    Hey, parlance is a pretty good word too.

    March 19, 2008

  • Sometimes you just have to do things for the nonce of it?

    March 19, 2008