- an official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court, etc.
- something that is or seems to be foreordained
ME decre < OFr decret < L decretum, neut. of decretus, pp. of decernere, to decree < de-, from + cernere, to sift, judge: see certain
transitive verb decreed, decreeing
to order, decide, or appoint by decree or officially
to issue a decree; ordain