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decision

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noun de·ci·sion \di-ˈsi-zhən\

Definition of decision

  1. 1a :  the act or process of deciding the moment of decision has comeb :  a determination arrived at after consideration :  conclusion made the decision to attend graduate school

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

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

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

decisional

play \-ˈsi-zhnəl, -ˈsi-zhə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of decision in a sentence

  1. She announced her decision to go to medical school.

  2. Have you made a decision?

  3. He based his decision on facts, not emotions.

  4. She made a conscious decision to leave the painting unfinished.

  5. We need someone who will act with decision even under pressure.

  6. The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision brought an end to racial segregation in public schools.

Origin and Etymology of decision

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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decision

verb de·ci·sion

Definition of decision

combat sports

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

Origin and Etymology of decision

see 1decision


First Known Use: 1914



DECISION Defined for English Language Learners

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decision

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noun de·ci·sion \di-ˈsi-zhən\

Definition of decision for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DECISION Defined for Kids

decision

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noun de·ci·sion \di-ˈsi-zhən\

Definition of decision for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  the ability to make choices quickly and confidently She was a leader of courage and decision.


Law Dictionary

decision

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noun de·ci·sion \di-ˈsi-zhən\

Legal Definition of decision

  1. :  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

decisional

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Additional Notes on decision

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.



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