decern

[ dih-surn ]
/ dɪˈsɜrn /
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verb (used without object)

Scots Law. to enter a judicial decree.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to discern.

Nearby words

  1. deceptive,
  2. deceptive cadence,
  3. deceptively,
  4. decerebrate,
  5. decerebration,
  6. decertify,
  7. decession,
  8. dechlorinate,
  9. decholesterolization,
  10. deci-

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

  • 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
  • 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.



British Dictionary definitions for decern

decern

/ (dɪˈsɜːn) /

verb (tr)

Scots law to decree or adjudge
an archaic spelling of discern

Word Origin for decern

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

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