de·​ci·​sion | \di-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of decision 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act or process of deciding the moment of decision has come

b : a determination arrived at after consideration : conclusion made the decision to attend graduate school

2 : a report of a conclusion a 5-page decision a Supreme Court decision

3 : promptness and firmness in deciding : determination acting with decision

4a : win specifically, combat sports : a victory based on points awarded Former heavyweight champion kickboxer Sterling (Cash) McCallum took a unanimous decision over Cesar Rendon in an eight-round standard bout in Phoenix … New York Times

b baseball : a win or loss officially credited to a pitcher has five wins in eight decisions



Definition of decision (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

combat sports

: to win by being awarded more points than (an opponent) … he hasn't won an important fight since he decisioned Duran on Jan. 30, 1982.— William Nack

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decisional \-​ˈsi-​zhnəl, -​ˈsi-​zhə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of decision in a Sentence


She announced her decision to go to medical school. Have you made a decision? He based his decision on facts, not emotions. She made a conscious decision to leave the painting unfinished. We need someone who will act with decision even under pressure. The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision brought an end to racial segregation in public schools.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If Ford's decision earlier this year wasn't proof, then GM's announcement this week should remove all doubt: Americans are done with the sedan. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile range," 28 Nov. 2018 It should be treated as seriously as any other decision that could save a life. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Don’t wait: the case for giving sooner rather than later," 27 Nov. 2018 All of the options were enticing, but the Casa Dragones cocktails made the decision-making a little bit easier for all. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Sara and Erin Foster Welcome Leatherology to the West Coast," 19 Nov. 2018 For once, fans seemed to support the coach's decision. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Battles: Did You Notice the Chemistry Between Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill?," 28 Oct. 2018 Like so many royal decisions, this one comes down to tradition. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Prince Harrry and Meghan Markle Have a Boy or a Girl?," 26 Oct. 2018 Amazon’s decision to build a new facility in Long Island City, Queens, as well as in Northern Virginia, has been met with stiff resistance. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon’s New York HQ2," 14 Nov. 2018 Photo: Nikki Ritcher for the Wall Street Journal A Google spokesman declined to comment on Mr. Luckey’s remarks about what led to the company’s decision. Greg Bensinger And Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech Firms Should Face ‘Thoughtful’ Regulation, Lawmakers Say," 13 Nov. 2018 And the state court is bound by the federal Supreme Court's decisions, which have treated Hawaii's state government as valid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Hawaiian Supreme Court gives go-ahead to giant telescope," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first period also included Scott Laughton decisioning Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy in a fight. Sam Carchidi,, "Radko Gudas injured as Flyers fall to Crawford, Blackhawks," 1 Nov. 2017 Chris Early of Don Juan Avila decisioned Seth Lyon of Niguel Hills and four other finalists to win bodyboarding. Fred Swegles, Orange County Register, "Shorecliffs surfers win O.C. event at San Clemente pier," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of decision


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decision


Middle English decisioun, from Middle French, from Latin decision-, decisio, from decidere to decide


see decision entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of decision

: a choice that you make about something after thinking about it : the result of deciding

: the ability to make choices quickly and confidently

: the particular end of a legal or official argument : a legal or official judgment


de·​ci·​sion | \di-ˈsi-zhən \

Kids Definition of decision

1 : the act or result of making a choice especially after careful thought “… I have come to a very important decision. These are the wrong sort of bees.”— A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

2 : the ability to make choices quickly and confidently She was a leader of courage and decision.


de·​ci·​sion | \di-ˈsi-zhən \

Legal Definition of decision 

: an authoritative determination (as a decree or judgment) made after consideration of facts or law also : a report or document containing such a determination — see also memorandum decision — compare disposition, finding, holding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict

Note: A decision, while being an authoritative determination of a disputed issue, does not have to be a final determination closing the case. Some interlocutory decisions may be appealed.

Other Words from decision

decisional \-​zhə-​nəl \ adjective

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