A provisional decree, which will be made absolute on motion unless cause be shown
against it. In English practice, it is the order made by the court for divorce, on
satisfactory proof being given in support of a petition for dissolution of marriage ; it
remains imperfect for at least six months, (which period may be shortened by the court
down to three,) and then, unless sufficient cause be shown, it is made absolute on
motion, and the dissolution takes effect subject to appeal. Wharton.