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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

  • Pithagoras you say alowes not that musik is decerned by eares, but hee wisheth us to assend unto the sky and marke that harmony.

    Elizabethan and Jacobean Pamphlets


British Dictionary definitions for decerned


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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