decern

[dih-surn]

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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British Dictionary definitions for decerns

decern

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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