decide against


: to decide not to do something
I decided against telling her.
: to find (someone) guilty in a court of law
The jury decided against the defendant.

Examples of decide against in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the New York Democrat thinks a vote to ban TikTok could harm the prospects for his party in tight races, Schumer could decide against bringing the bill for a vote, Wall Street analysts said. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 14 Mar. 2024 Specifically, small-scale landlords, like individuals who may rent out a property for extra income but also want the freedom to sell it, let friends or family stay temporarily, or use it for personal reasons, might decide against renting out their property altogether. Melissa Melendez, Orange County Register, 8 Feb. 2024 Many doctors decide against primary care career paths, let alone practicing in isolated communities, because those jobs entail heavy workloads and earn less money and respect than specialists. Rae Ellen Bichell, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 How many lives could be saved if even a small portion of gun buyers decide against it because of the tax? Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Under the law, employers can decide against hiring an applicant only because of a conviction that has a direct relationship with job responsibilities. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 But in many instances, prosecutors may decide against filing charges for various reasons. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 Many people decide against taking the fatal step using other means than firearms and may end up getting help. Sara Novak, Scientific American, 19 Oct. 2023 These disparities persist even at the highest levels, causing many young women to decide against pursuing an athletic career. Emma Obregón Dominguez,, 4 Aug. 2023

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“Decide against.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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