[ 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.
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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
Words nearby decern
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Example sentences from the Web for decern
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
/ (dɪˈsɜːn) /
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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