decree[dē krē′, di krē′]
- The definition of a decree is an official order or decision.
An example of decree is the New York legislative decision making same sex marriage legal in New York in June of 2011.
- an official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court, etc.
- something that is or seems to be foreordained
Origin of decreeMiddle English decre ; from Old French decret ; from Classical Latin decretum, neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere, to decree ; from de-, from + cernere, to sift, judge: see certain
- An authoritative order having the force of law.
- Law a. The judgment of a court of equity.b. The judgment of a court.
- Roman Catholic Church a. A doctrinal or disciplinary act of an ecclesiastical authority.b. An administrative act applying or interpreting articles of canon law.
verbde·creed, de·cree·ing, de·crees
Origin of decreeMiddle English decre, from Old French decret, from Latin dēcrētum, principle, decision, from neuter past participle of dēcernere, to decide : dē-, de- + cernere, to sift; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
- It is accurate to use the word judgment for a decision of a court of law, and decree from a court of equity, although the former term now includes both.
(third-person singular simple present decrees, present participle decreeing, simple past and past participle decreed)
- To command by a decree.
- A court decrees a restoration of property.
From Old French decré (French décret), from Latin dēcrētum.
decree - Legal Definition