decision[dē siz̸h′ən, di-]
- The definition of decision is a choice that is made, or the act of making up one's mind.
- The choice of paper instead of plastic is an example of a decision.
- An example of a decision is the verdict of a judge.
- the act of deciding or settling a dispute or question by giving a judgment
- the act of making up one's mind
- a judgment or conclusion reached or given
- determination; firmness of mind: a man of decision
- Boxing a victory on points instead of by a knockout
Origin of decisionMiddle English decisioun ; from Old French decision ; from Classical Latin decisio, a cutting short, decision ; from decisus, past participle of decidere, decide
- A conclusion or judgment reached after consideration: Have you come to a decision yet?
- The act of reaching a conclusion or of passing of judgment on an issue under consideration: The judges' decision is taking a long time.
- Firmness of character or action; determination: Is he a man of decision?
- Sports A victory won on points in boxing when no knockout has occurred or in wrestling when no fall has occurred.
- Baseball A win or loss accorded to a pitcher: has four wins in six decisions.
transitive verbde·ci·sioned, de·ci·sion·ing, de·ci·sions Sports
Origin of decisionMiddle English decisioun, from Old French decision, from Latin dēcīsiō, dēcīsiōn-, curtailment, settlement, from dēcīsus, past participle of dēcīdere, to cut off, decide; see decide.
(countable and uncountable, plural decisions)
- A choice or judgement.
- It is the decision of the court that movies are protected as free speech.
- It's a tough decision, but I'll take vanilla.
- (uncountable) Firmness of conviction.
- After agonizing deliberations, they finally proceeded with decision.
- (chiefly combat sports) A result arrived at by the judges when there is no clear winner at the end of the contest.
- He has won twice by knockout, once by decision.
- (baseball) A win or a loss awarded to a pitcher.
- (choice or judgment): Most often, to decide something is to make a decision; however, other possibilities exist as well. Many verbs used with destination or conclusion, such as reach, come to, and arrive at can also be used with decision; these serve to emphasize that the decision is the result of deliberation. Finally, some varieties of English prefer to take a decision rather than make one.
- See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for uses and meaning of decision collocated with these words.
- Adjectives often applied to "decision": important, difficult, big, tough, bad, informed, easy, personal, smart, poor, good, quick, major, strategic, wise, serious, hard, stupid, hasty, responsible, complex, prudent, deliberate, significant, collective, delayed, challenging, careful, foolish, small, rash, thoughtful, slow, clever, forced, uninformed.
(third-person singular simple present decisions, present participle decisioning, simple past and past participle decisioned)
From Middle French, from Latin decisio, decisionis, from dēcīdō (“to decide”).
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