- the act or process of deciding; determination, as of a question or doubt, by making a judgment: They must make a decision between these two contestants.
- the act of or need for making up one's mind: This is a difficult decision.
- something that is decided; resolution: She made a poor decision when she dropped out of school.
- a judgment, as one formally pronounced by a court: It is the decision of this court that the appeal is granted.
- the quality of being decided; firmness: He spoke with decision and calm authority.
- the final score in any sport or contest: The decision was 5 to 4 in favor of the home team.
- Boxing. the awarding of a victory in a match not decided by a knockout or technical knockout, usually through a vote of the referee and judges.
- Boxing. to win a victory over (one's opponent) by a point score rather than a knockout.
Origin of decision
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Examples from the Web for decision
The decision not to run the cartoons is motivated by nothing more than fear: either fear of offending or fear of retaliation.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
Who do you turn to now when you have a decision to make, when you have one less person to provide validation or advice?Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
The Supreme Court eventually stepped in and ended legal segregation in the landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
He served the community well, but he clearly has to make a decision based on why he left.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm?
December 31, 2014
However, just a few years later, the decision swung back around with the quota being raised to 121 days.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
You bet Mr. Arledge would 'a' got my decision right hot off the griddle.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The alderman saw no reason to repent his decision, hastily as it had been made.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
There were two factors that chiefly influenced her decision.
It was because they had been out for three hours without reaching a decision.
All their calamities, except the plague, were the foreseen results of their own decision.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- a judgment, conclusion, or resolution reached or given; verdict
- the act of making up one's mind
- firmness of purpose or character; determination
Word Origin and History for decision
mid-15c., from Middle French décision (14c.), from Latin decisionem (nominative decisio) "a decision, settlement, agreement," noun of action from past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Decision making (adjective, also decision-making) is recorded from 1953.