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[Latin, Nothing.] The abbreviated designation of a statement filed by a sheriff or constable with a court describing his or her unsuccessful attempts to serve a writ, notice, or process upon the designated person.

The complete phrase nihil est refers to a failure to serve any writ while the term nihil habet describes the failure to serve a writ Scire Facias or another writ.

The term nil is a contracted form of nihil.


(ni [as in it]-hill) n. Latin for nothing.

See: nonentity
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The man pressed Under the Nihil is unnamed, but he is a former seminarian, drawn to the priesthood more as a means of escape from reality than out of genuine vocation.
Gabriel Rosenstock, Nihil Obstat (Baile Atha Cliath: Coisceim, 1984), p.
My former classmate exemplifies our old school motto, nihil ultra (meaning nothing beyond) in the truest sense of the term.
Beckett frequently quoted Geulincx's foundational ethical principle, "Ubi nihil vales, ibi nihil velis.
Censent omnes, damnant, pronunciant, nihil addubitant, nusquam haerent, nihil nesciunt.
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In a clever essay on the second commandment, David Hart challenges the claim of Jesus' antinominianism with the counterclaim that it is the nihilistic (associating this nihil with the nothingness of other gods) and liberalist claims of postmodernity to which the contemporary Christian community--within this post-Christian culture--must answer with service to the one God who clearly commands.
Although a scribe subordinate to Angela, he becomes directly involved in Angela's experience, which touches him in an extraordinary manner: he is either unable to write with any order or unable to write at all when he is "inordinatus conscientia":</p> <pre> Unde et quando inordinatus conscientia ivi aliquando ad scribendum, ita sibi et mihi totum detruncabatur quod nihil potui scribere ordinatum; quare, ut poteram, studebam ordinatus conscientia ire ad loquendum et ad scribendum.
He published anything only after the most thorough investigation and after he was sure it met his motto: Ut nihil amplius desiderandum relictum sit--that nothing further remains to be done.
17: "Cum igitur hic locus nihil habeat dubitationis, quin homines plurimum hominibus, et prosint et obsint, proprium hoc statuo esse virtutis, conciliare animos hominum et ad usus suos adiungere.