[ 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
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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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