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[dih-kree] /dɪˈkri/
a formal and authoritative order, especially one having the force of law:
a presidential decree.
Law. a judicial decision or order.
Theology. one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.
verb (used with or without object), decreed, decreeing.
to command, ordain, or decide by decree.
Origin of decree
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English decre < Anglo-French decre, decret < Latin dēcrētum, noun use of neuter of dēcrētus, past participle of dēcernere; see decern; (v.) Middle English decreen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
predecree, verb (used with object), predecreed, predecreeing.
undecreed, adjective
well-decreed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Atropos has decreed that I at least shall never again enter her walls.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • So the hostess had decreed, and so instructed Alfred and Gracie.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She realized that fate had decreed defeat for her in the game.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But, on this unusual occasion, it was decreed that we should black our boots and leggings.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • That which is coming, and is decreed to come, cannot be very disagreeable.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
British Dictionary definitions for decreed


an edict, law, etc, made by someone in authority
an order or judgment of a court made after hearing a suit, esp in matrimonial proceedings See decree nisi, decree absolute
verb decrees, decreeing, decreed
to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
Derived Forms
decreeable, adjective
decreer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French decre, from Latin dēcrētum ordinance, from dēcrētus decided, past participle of dēcernere to determine; see decern
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Word Origin and History for decreed



late 14c., from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.



early 14c., from Old French decre, variant of decret (12c., Modern French décret), from Latin decretum, neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere "to decree, decide, pronounce a decision," from de- (see de-) + cernere "to separate" (see crisis).

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