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

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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 decision is crucial for the future of Britain’s nuclear industry. The Economist, "Chain reaction Britain’s nuclear industry faces a do-or-die moment," 14 Nov. 2020 The superintendent said initially the decision for the reduced schedule was twofold. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City School District increasing high school student schedules, keeping close eye on winter sports," 12 Nov. 2020 That award was well deserved because Ford’s decision was the right one — the only one that could end the Nixon era and spare the nation many more months of political recrimination. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: President-elect Joe Biden is summoning our better angels. Will we listen?," 12 Nov. 2020 The decision was due to an upward trend in cases, and will be reviewed at the end of the week, said Center Grove Schools Superintendent Paul Kaiser in a Nov. 9 letter. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Here are the Central Indiana schools going to eLearning or hybrid due to COVID-19 cases," 11 Nov. 2020 However, Baquet says the decision is final, due to the harrowing circumstance before him. Ian Mcnulty,, "With Treme restaurant for sale, Baquet family’s long history in New Orleans food is ending," 10 Nov. 2020 The decision to sign him to a five-year, $63 million contract will still be the right call. Star Tribune, "All that talk about Vikings not signing Dalvin Cook sounds silly now," 10 Nov. 2020 Regardless of who occupies the White House, no decision on the management of public lands can be final without the involvement of Congress, according to Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican whose Utah district includes Grand Staircase. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "With a Biden win, Utah monuments may soon be restored," 10 Nov. 2020 The decision was in response to the 2016 presidential election in which Trump was declared the winner. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: State legislators pick electors; Supreme Court ruled against 'faithless electors'," 10 Nov. 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

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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

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

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

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

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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

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