Decree

  • 1 decree — de·cree /di krē/ n [Old French decré, from Latin decretum, from neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere to decide] 1: an order having the force of law by judicial decree 2: a judicial decision esp. in an equity or probate court; broadly …

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  • 2 decree — de‧cree [dɪˈkriː] noun [countable] LAW 1. a judgement made in a court of law after a civil action: • The council had already been successful in obtaining a court decree against the former MP. conˈsent deˌcree LAW an order …

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  • 3 Decree — • In a general sense, an order or law made by a superior authority for the direction of others. In ecclesiastical use it has various meanings. Any papal Bull, Brief, or Motu Proprio is a decree inasmuch as these documents are legislative acts of… …

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  • 4 Decree — De*cree , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decreed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decreeing}.] 1. To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 decree — [dē krē′, di krē′] n. [ME decre < OFr decret < L decretum, neut. of decretus, pp. of decernere, to decree < de , from + cernere, to sift, judge: see CERTAIN] 1. an official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court,… …

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  • 6 Decree — De*cree , n. [OE. decre, F. d[ e]cret, fr. L. decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de + cernere to decide. See {Certain}, and cf. {Decreet}, {Decretal}.] 1. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a… …

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  • 7 Decree — De*cree , v. i. To make decrees; used absolutely. [1913 Webster] Father eternal! thine is to decree; Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 decree — [n] mandate, legal order act, announcement, behest, bidding, charge, charging, command, commandment, declaration, decretum, dictum, direction, directive, edict, enactment, injunction, instruction, judgment, law, order, ordinance, precept,… …

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  • 9 decree — ► NOUN 1) an official order that has the force of law. 2) a judgement or decision of certain law courts. ► VERB (decrees, decreed, decreeing) ▪ order by decree. ORIGIN Latin decretum something decided , from decernere …

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  • 10 decree ni|si — «NY sy», Law. a conditional decree of divorce, which becomes final later …

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  • 11 decree — vb *dictate, prescribe, ordain, impose Analogous words: *command, order, enjoin, charge, direct: constrain, oblige, compel, *force …

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  • 12 decree — The judgment of a court of equity or chancery, answering for most purposes to the judgment of a court of law. A decree in equity is a sentence or order of the court, pronounced on hearing and understanding all the points in issue, and determining …

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  • 14 Decree — A decree is a rule of law issued by a head of state (such as the president of a republic), according to certain procedures (usually established in a constitution). It has the force of law. The particular term used for this concept may vary from… …

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  • 15 decree — I n. 1) to enact; issue a decree 2) to rescind, revoke a decree 3) a consent (legal); divorce; executive; government; royal decree 4) a decree that + clause; subj. (we had to obey the decree that beards be/should be shaved off) II v. (formal) (L; …

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  • 16 decree — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ emergency ▪ He has been governing by emergency decree under the provisions of the constitution. ▪ divine, papal, presidential, religious, royal …

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  • 17 decree — {{11}}decree (n.) early 14c., from O.Fr. decre, variant of decret (12c., Mod.Fr. décret), from L. decretum, neut. of decretus, pp. of decernere to decree, decide, pronounce a decision, from de (see DE (Cf. de )) + cernere to separate (see CRISIS… …

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  • 18 decree — I UK [dɪˈkriː] / US [dɪˈkrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms decree : singular decree plural decrees 1) an official decision or order made by a leader or government 2) a judgment made by a court of law II UK [dɪˈkriː] / US [dɪˈkrɪ] verb [transitive]… …

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  • 19 decree — [[t]dɪkri͟ː[/t]] decrees, decreeing, decreed 1) N COUNT: also by N A decree is an official order or decision, especially one made by the ruler of a country. In July he issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups in the country to disband …

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  • 20 decree — I. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century 1. an order usually having the… …

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