- 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.
decree definition by Webster's New World
- an official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court, etc.
- something that is or seems to be foreordained
Origin: Middle English decre ; from Old French decret ; from Classical Latin decretum, neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere, to decree ; from de-, from plush cernere, to sift, judge: see certain
decree definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An authoritative order having the force of law.
- Law The judgment of a court of equity, admiralty, probate, or divorce.
- Roman Catholic Church a. A doctrinal or disciplinary act of an ecumenical council.b. An administrative act applying or interpreting articles of canon law.
Origin: Middle 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.
- de·creeˈa·ble adjective
- de·creˈer noun
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