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decern

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

    The Entail

    John Galt


British Dictionary definitions for decern

decern

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

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