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 decision (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 But the result was a distinctly nonpartisan decision. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 22 June 2021 Exacerbating the controversy was Biogen’s decision to set a $56,000-a-year list price for Aduhelm. Matthew Herper, STAT, 22 June 2021 Duterte, who has been criticized for his tough approach to containing the virus, also stood by his decision not to let schools reopen. Reuters, CNN, 21 June 2021 Conditions at some of the temporary facilities, like the sprawling Fort Bliss emergency site, could be strained further by Abbott’s recent decision. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 18 June 2021 Winner will be graded only by KO, TKO, DQ due to referee stoppage OR an official winner by decision rendered at the venue. Josh Katzowitz, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Lower courts had struck down the mandate, in rulings that were wiped away by the Supreme Court decision. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 Lower courts had struck down the mandate, in rulings that were wiped away by the Supreme Court decision. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 Lower courts had struck down the mandate, in rulings that were wiped away by the Supreme Court decision. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Giving the final call on Trump back to Facebook is unlikely to result in the fair and even decision the board members are calling for, said Joan Donovan, a disinformation and extremism researcher at Harvard University. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 The first period also included Scott Laughton decisioning Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy in a fight. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decision. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 decision (audio) \ adjective

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