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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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British Dictionary definitions for decerns


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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