1. 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.
  2. the act of or need for making up one's mind: This is a difficult decision.
  3. something that is decided; resolution: She made a poor decision when she dropped out of school.
  4. a judgment, as one formally pronounced by a court: It is the decision of this court that the appeal is granted.
  5. the quality of being decided; firmness: He spoke with decision and calm authority.
  6. the final score in any sport or contest: The decision was 5 to 4 in favor of the home team.
  7. 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.
verb (used with object)
  1. Boxing. to win a victory over (one's opponent) by a point score rather than a knockout.

Origin of decision

1425–75; late Middle English decisioun < Middle French < Latin dēcīsiōn- (stem of dēcīsiō) literally, a cutting off, equivalent to dēcīs(us) (past participle of dēcīdere; see decide) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsde·ci·sion·al, adjectivenon·de·ci·sion, nounpre·de·ci·sion, nounre·de·ci·sion, nounsub·de·ci·sion, noun

Synonyms for decision Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for decisional


  1. a judgment, conclusion, or resolution reached or given; verdict
  2. the act of making up one's mind
  3. firmness of purpose or character; determination
Derived Formsdecisional, adjective

Word Origin for decision

C15: from Old French, from Latin dēcīsiō, literally: a cutting off; see decide
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Word Origin and History for decisional



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.

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