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decern

[dih-surn]
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verb (used without object)
  1. Scots Law. to enter a judicial decree.
verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to discern.

Origin of decern

1400–50; late Middle English decernen to decide < Old French decerner < Latin dēcernere, equivalent to dē- de- + cernere to separate, decide
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Examples from the Web for decern

Historical Examples

  • It happened at one time he heard his mother (for see neither of them could, as to decern in so dark a place) bemoan her condition.

    A History of English Literature

    George Saintsbury

  • Noo, I would be greatly obligated if ye would expone to me the nice point, that I may be able to decern accordingly.


British Dictionary definitions for decern

decern

verb (tr)
  1. Scots law to decree or adjudge
  2. an archaic spelling of discern

Word Origin

C15: from Old French decerner, from Latin dēcernere to judge, from cernere to discern
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