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decree

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noun de·cree \ di-ˈkrē \

Definition of decree

1 :an order usually having the force of law
  • a judicial decree
  • by royal decree
2 a :a religious ordinance enacted by council or titular head
  • a papal decree
b :a foreordaining will
  • God's decree
3 a :a judicial decision of the Roman emperor
b :a judicial decision especially in an equity (see equity 2a) court or probate court

Examples of decree in a Sentence

  1. The President issued a decree making the day a national holiday.

  2. Their marriage was annulled by judicial decree.

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Origin and Etymology of decree

Middle English, from Anglo-French decré, from Latin decretum, from neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere to decide, from de- + cernere to sift, decide — more at certain


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decree

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Definition of decree

decreed; decreeing
transitive verb
1 :to command or enjoin by or as if by decree
  • decree an amnesty
2 :to determine or order judicially
  • decree a punishment
intransitive verb

decreer

play \-ˈkrē-ər\ noun

Examples of decree in a Sentence

  1. The government decreed a national holiday.

  2. The change was decreed by the President.

  3. The City Council has decreed that all dogs must be kept on a leash.

Recent Examples of decree from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of decree

decree Synonyms

Synonyms
call, command, dictate, direct, mandate, ordain, order
Related Words
ask, petition, request; demand, require
Near Antonyms
cancel, countermand, rescind


DECREE Defined for English Language Learners

decree

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Definition of decree for English Language Learners

  • : an official order given by a person with power or by a government

  • : an official decision made by a court of law


decree

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Definition of decree for English Language Learners

  • : to order or decide (something) in an official way


DECREE Defined for Kids

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decree

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noun de·cree \ di-ˈkrē \

Definition of decree for Students

:an order or decision given by a person or group in authority

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decree

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Definition of decree for Students

decreed; decreeing
:to give an order as an authority
  • Mom decreed that it was bedtime.

Law Dictionary

decree

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noun de·cree \ di-ˈkrē \

legal Definition of decree

1 :an order having the force of law
  • by judicial decree
2 :a judicial decision especially in an equity or probate court; broadly :judgment
  • divorce decree
  • interlocutory decree
consent decree
:a decree entered by a court that is determined by the parties' agreement :a settlement between the parties that is subject to judicial approval and supervision; specifically :such a decree by which the accused agrees to cease alleged illegal activities without admitting guilt
decree nisi decrees nisi
:a provisional decree that will become final unless cause is shown why it should not
Note: Some states grant divorces using decrees nisi. The decree nisi creates a time period (as of 3 months) allowing for possible reconciliation or for completion of various arrangements (as custody).
decree pro confesso
:a decree entered by a court based on a defendant's default and the presumption that the allegations are confessed — compare default judgment at judgment 1a
final decree
:a decree that disposes of an action by determining all matters in dispute including especially the parties' rights — compare final judgment at judgment 1a
interlocutory decree
:a decree that is made during the course of an action and that does not settle all matters in dispute

decree

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Origin and Etymology of decree

Old French decré, from Latin decretum, from neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere to decide



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