- a formal and authoritative order, especially one having the force of law: a presidential decree.
- Law. a judicial decision or order.
- Theology. one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.
- to command, ordain, or decide by decree.
Origin of decree
Related Wordsedict, statute, instruction, directive, announcement, proclamation, injunction, rule, regulation, ruling, act, law, judgment, order, impose, dictate, declare, enact, proclaim, commandment
Examples from the Web for decree
Just two weeks later, the Sultan issued his decree that shariah, Islamic law, would be the new law of the land.Brunei Returns to the Stoning Age
April 22, 2014
Justice Anthony Kennedy has more power than any president or justice in history to decree the law of the land.Will This Man Make Gay Marriage Legal Everywhere?
Stuart Taylor, Jr.
February 22, 2014
A 2010 decree took it a step further: they will be stricken with a “crime against sacraments.”What About Women, Pope Francis?
Janine di Giovanni
August 1, 2013
And it is not for all of the time, all or nothing, as the Yahoo decree implied.Yahoo’s Work-From-Home Ban a Bigger Blow to Men
March 4, 2013
The tensions here arise from the notion that democracies decide to go to war as nations, not by dint of decree.Let's Debate An Iran Attack
October 1, 2012
But there was the decree, written in letters of blood and flame.Viviette
William J. Locke
It seemed more than a decree of chance that their fates should be intertwined.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
It was nothing that the decree bore date since his return to France.
There he was, and there was the decree; he had been taken in France, and his head was demanded.
History is the final tribunal which will decree to everyone what he has deserved.Freeland
- to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
Word Origin and History for decree
late 14c., from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.