decision

noun
de·​ci·​sion | \ di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce decision (audio) \

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

decision

verb
decisioned; decisioning; 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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Other Words from decision

Noun

decisional \ di-​ˈsi-​zhnəl How to pronounce decisional (audio) , -​ˈsi-​zhə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of decision in a Sentence

Noun

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

The move by India to change the status of Kashmir from statehood to a territory limits its autonomy and decision-making power and eliminates its right to its own constitution. Washington Post, "Kashmir curfew partially eased for prayers amid lockdown," 10 Aug. 2019 There has been a conscious decision by Navy leadership to assume risk in the present. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 2019 This did not matter too much for nuclear deterrence, because only the leaders of the United States and USSR had decision-making authority. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: This trade war will get out of control," 7 Aug. 2019 Make an appointment with Lillian at 860-569-5671 for help making an informed decision. courant.com, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 7 Aug. 2019 As the Phillies retell history, club vice president Bill Giles made the executive decision in February 1978 that the Phillies needed a new mascot. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Will Phillies Have to Ditch Phillie Phanatic Mascot?," 6 Aug. 2019 An unexpected emotional incident will push you to make a hasty decision. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 6, 2019," 6 Aug. 2019 Congressional leadership has increasingly centralized decision-making away from individual lawmakers, and that’s even worse for House Republicans, who are in the minority. Tara Golshan, Vox, "“Texodus,” House Democrats’ favorite new 2020 phenomenon, explained," 5 Aug. 2019 The order revokes Article 370 of India's Constitution, which gives the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defense, communications and foreign affairs. NBC News, "India's government revokes disputed Kashmir's special status," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first period also included Scott Laughton decisioning Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy in a fight. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "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

Noun

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

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decision

Noun and Verb

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

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decision

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decision

: a choice that you make about something after thinking about it : the result of deciding
formal : the ability to make choices quickly and confidently
: the particular end of a legal or official argument : a legal or official judgment

decision

noun
de·​ci·​sion | \ di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce decision (audio) \

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.

decision

noun
de·​ci·​sion | \ di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce decision (audio) \

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 How to pronounce decisional (audio) \ adjective

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