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decree

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noun de·cree \di-ˈkrē\

Definition of decree

  1. 1 :  an order usually having the force of law a judicial decree by royal decree

  2. 2a :  a religious ordinance enacted by council or titular head a papal decreeb :  a foreordaining will God's decree

  3. 3a :  a judicial decision of the Roman emperorb :  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.

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

verb de·cree

Definition of decree

decreed

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decreeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to command or enjoin by or as if by decree decree an amnesty

  3. 2 :  to determine or order judicially decree a punishment

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  ordain

decreer

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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.

Origin and Etymology of decree

see 1decree



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

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


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decree

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verb de·cree

Definition of decree for Students

decreed

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decreeing

  1. :  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. 1 :  an order having the force of law by judicial decree

  2. 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, plural decrees nisi :  a provisional decree that will become final unless cause is shown why it should not Editor's 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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