Decree definition

dĭ-krē
An official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court, etc.
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Something that is or seems to be foreordained.
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To order, establish, or decide by decree.

Decreed that the two kingdoms would be united.

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To issue a decree.
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A doctrinal or disciplinary act of an ecclesiastical authority.
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An administrative act applying or interpreting articles of canon law.
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To command by a decree.

A court decrees a restoration of property.

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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.

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The judgment of a court of equity.
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A court judgment, especially in a court of equity, bankruptcy, admiralty, divorce, or probate.
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(law) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
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A final decree entered by the court, after the waiting period set in a decree nisi has expired, without the adverse party persuading the court to set it aside.
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An edict or law.
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(law) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.
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An authoritative order having the force of law.
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The judgment of a court.
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A written settlement by the parties to a litigation, in the form of a decree signed by the judge.
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A proposed final decree by a court, which will not become final until the expiration of a time period, during which the adversely affected party is given the opportunity to show the court why it should be set aside.
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To order, decide, or appoint by decree or officially.
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To issue a decree; ordain.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
decree
Plural:
decrees

Origin of decree

  • 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 krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French decré (French décret), from Latin dēcrētum.

    From Wiktionary