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 \ -​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 today is a small step in a larger case that involves American suspicion toward the Chinese device maker, US sanctions against Iran, and all against the backdrop of tenuous US-China trade negotiations. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Huawei’s CFO is granted bail by Canadian court but will be closely monitored," 11 Dec. 2018 Harry was reportedly heartbroken by Cressida's decision and begged her to try to work things out. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Cressida Bonas Reportedly Broke Up with Prince Harry After Watching Will and Kate's First Tour with Prince George," 17 Feb. 2019 Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's love story started on the set of The Last Song, but that almost didn't happen due to casting decisions. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Liam Hemsworth Almost Wasn't in The Last Song with Miley Cyrus," 15 Feb. 2019 That decision came three weeks after the Duke was involved in a car accident near Sandringham. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Will Not Be Charged in Connection With His Recent Car Accident," 14 Feb. 2019 As with any major design decision there are a number of factors to take into account, ranging from aesthetic to durability and price. Megan Beauchamp, House Beautiful, "Alert: Encaustic Tile is Making a Major Comeback," 12 Feb. 2019 The ever-growing decision-making capabilities of machines can seem a dark subject, but there was no feel of doomsday as guests made their way to the after-party at Dumbo’s 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "A No-Show: Rag & Bone Unveils its New Collection With a Futuristic Dinner," 9 Feb. 2019 Aboard the USS Shenzhou, Saru had a front-row seat to one the worst decisions Burnham had ever made, now in his most desperate hour, Burnham is the one standing by him. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 That desire for stability is what eventually led Tim to give up alcohol, drugs, carbs, and sugar, a decision that also resulted in a dramatic weight loss. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "A Look Back at Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Legendary Marriage," 2 Feb. 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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