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1decree

noun de·cree \di-ˈkrē\

: an official order given by a person with power or by a government

: an official decision made by a court of law

Full Definition of DECREE

1
:  an order usually having the force of law
2
a :  a religious ordinance enacted by council or titular head
b :  a foreordaining will
3
a :  a judicial decision of the Roman emperor
b :  a judicial decision especially in an equity or probate court

Examples of DECREE

  1. The President issued a decree making the day a national holiday.
  2. Their marriage was annulled by judicial decree.

Origin of DECREE

Middle English, from Anglo-French decré, from Latin decretum, from neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere to decide, from de- + cernere to sift, decide — more at certain
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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2decree

verb

: to order or decide (something) in an official way

de·creedde·cree·ing

Full Definition of DECREE

transitive verb
1
:  to command or enjoin by or as if by decree <decree an amnesty>
2
:  to determine or order judicially <decree a punishment>
intransitive verb
:  ordain
de·cre·er \-ˈkrē-ər\ noun

Examples of DECREE

  1. The government decreed a national holiday.
  2. The change was decreed by the President.
  3. The City Council has decreed that all dogs must be kept on a leash.

First Known Use of DECREE

14th century

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DECREE[2] Defined for Kids

1decree

noun de·cree \di-ˈkrē\

Definition of DECREE for Kids

:  an order or decision given by a person or group in authority

2decree

verb
de·creedde·cree·ing

Definition of DECREE for Kids

:  to give an order as an authority <Mom decreed that it was bedtime.>

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