Definition of Decree

1. Noun. A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge). "A friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

Exact synonyms: Edict, Fiat, Order, Rescript
Generic synonyms: Act, Enactment
Specialized synonyms: Consent Decree, Curfew, Decree Nisi, Imperial Decree, Judicial Separation, Legal Separation, Programma, Ban, Prohibition, Proscription, Stay, Bull, Papal Bull
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Order, Order

2. Verb. Issue a decree. "The King only can decree"
Specialized synonyms: Ordain, Enact, Ordain
Generic synonyms: Declare

3. Verb. Decide with authority. "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
Exact synonyms: Rule
Generic synonyms: Decide, Determine, Make Up One's Mind
Specialized synonyms: Override, Overrule, Overthrow, Overturn, Reverse, Rule In, Rule Out
Derivative terms: Rule, Ruler
Also: Rule Out

Definition of Decree

1. n. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru&?;&?; decision.

2. v. t. 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 restoration of property.

3. v. i. To make decrees; - - used absolutely.

Definition of Decree

1. Noun. An edict or law. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) The determination of a cause in a '''court of admiralty''', or a '''court of probate'''. ¹

4. Verb. To command by a decree. ¹

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Definition of Decree

1. to order or establish by law or edict [v -CREED, -CREEING, -CREES]

Medical Definition of Decree

1. 1. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru decision. "The decrees of Venice." "There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." (Luke II. 1) "Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree?" (Shak) 2. A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty. A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him. 3. An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils. Synonym: Law, regulation, edict, ordinance. See Law. Origin: OE. Decre, F. Decret, fr. L. Decretum, neut. Decretus, p. P. Of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. See Certain, and cf. Decreet, Decretal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Decree

decreasing function
decreasing functions
decreasing monotonic
decree (current term)
decree absolute
decree arbitral
decree nisi
decrees absolute

Literary usage of Decree

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1906)
"It is no exaggeration to say that the Berlin decree of November, 1806, ... The Berlin decree constitutes, perhaps, the highest example of a union of the ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, During by Frederick James Hall, Great Britain Court of Chancery, Charles Christopher Pepys Cottenham, Philip Twells (1850)
"any further proceedings in his suit until he had performed 1849. the decree pronounced against him in Cowper v. Taylor, his Lordship, on the 3rd August, ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In 1546 the Council of Trent, when the question was touched upon, declared that " it was not the intention of this Holy Synod to include in the decree which ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"He does not bring the decree of reprobation into direct, and of course not into causal connection with the sins of the reprobate, holding that, ..."

5. Commentaries on Equity Pleadings and the Incidents Thereof According to the by Joseph Story, John Melville Gould (1892)
"This question is most elaborately reasoned out by Lord Redesdale, in considering the question, where a decree is sought to be avoided for fraud. ..."

6. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States (1903)
"The National Convention, willing to prevent by precise dispositions, the difficulties that might arise relatively to the execution of its decree of the ..."

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