from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Law Taking effect at a specified date unless cause is shown for modification or nullification: a decree nisi.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- conj. Unless; if not; -- used mostly in law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not final or absolute
_Peragere_ refers to the prosecution of a defendant carried to its end, but does not imply success for the prosecutor: see Pliny _Ep_ III ix 30 and Ulpian _Dig_ XLVIII v 2 1 'non alias ad mulierem possit peruenire, nisi reum peregerit [_sc_ adulterii]; peregisse autem non alias quis uidetur, _nisi et condemnauerit_'.
"Court of original jurisdiction" is often substituted for the term nisi prius.
Pauline privilege always include the phrase nisi prima voluerit converti.
The preview tape for MasterChef: the Professionals BBC2 also got trashed in the riots – I can't think of any other explanation why one wasn't available – so I can't tell you who won, but it would be wrong not to acknowledge the passing of another series without a valedictory nil – well, not much – nisi bonum.
When the funeral oratory fades away, and the day comes for nil nisi verum in place of nil nisi bonum, I anticipate that history will see Edward Moore Kennedy as a man who squandered his golden opportunities, partly owing to egregious faults of character but more because he espoused no coherent ideas.
The Inn at the End of the World: De mortuis nil nisi boum
Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, as they say, but a few who worked with him have spoken of his less-than-saintly actions.
Incommon law countries such as Canada, thetest of criminalliabilityis expressed by theLatinphrase, actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea, which means that “the act does not make a person guilty unless the mind is also guilty”.
The full phrase is actually actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea the act does not make a person guilty unless the mind is also guilty.