cre·​tion | \ ˈkrēshən \
plural -s

Definition of cretion

1 Roman law : an act before a magistrate by which an outside heir declares his acceptance of the succession
2 Roman law : the time allowed an heir to make his decision of cretion — compare jus deliberandi

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Other Words from cretion

cretionary \ -​əˌnerē \ adjective

History and Etymology for cretion

Latin cretion-, cretio, from cretus (past participle of cernere to cern, discern) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Cretion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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