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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from decision


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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At 69, Lewis, who has performed in bands for most of his life, had no intention of slowing down, but his diagnosis of Meniere's Disease – a hearing disorder which has affected his voice – has made the decision for him. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (January 26)," 24 Jan. 2020 Adewunmi made the decision to pursue entrepreneurship full-time after graduating from her MPA program. Brittney Oliver, Essence, "Career: 4 Black Women Share Their Advice for Creating An Exit Strategy," 24 Jan. 2020 Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen said the four-member Campbell County Board of Elections made a unanimous decision to move six voting locations away from local schools for the House District 67 election. Julia Fair,, "'Voter confusion is inevitable,' Worries rise as Northern Kentucky special election polling locations are moved," 24 Jan. 2020 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since made the decision to step back as senior members of the royal family. Stephanie Petit,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hit Instagram Milestone at the Same Time as Kate and William," 22 Jan. 2020 Decision fatigue, by which doctors who make countless decisions each day lose steam as the day unfolds and increasingly rely on suboptimal default options. Olivier Drouin, STAT, "Health care needs AI. It also needs the human touch," 22 Jan. 2020 Local volunteers make these conservation decisions in their own communities. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "What’s Next for Citizen Conservation?," 21 Jan. 2020 The hospital will train staff in obtaining information about advance directives, health care proxies, and surrogate decision-makers, according to the correction plans. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Federal Regulators: Newark Beth Israel Put Patients in “Immediate Jeopardy”," 17 Jan. 2020 Design by Morgan McMullen Making the decision to buy a home is one of life’s biggest. Anni Irish, Marie Claire, "No, Your Down Payment Doesn't Have to Be 20 Percent," 15 Jan. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'decision.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Noun and Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about decision

Time Traveler for decision

Time Traveler

The first known use of decision was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for decision

Cite this Entry

“Decision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for decision


How to pronounce decision (audio)

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


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.


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on decision

What made you want to look up decision? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!