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decision

noun de·ci·sion \ di-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of decision

1 a :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
4 a :win; specificallycombat 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of decision

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


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decision

verb

Definition of decision

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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Origin and Etymology of decision



DECISION Defined for English Language Learners

decision

noun

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

noun de·ci·sion \ di-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of decision for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

decision

noun 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.

decisional

play \-zhə-nəl\ adjective


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