verb (used with or without object), de·creed, de·cree·ing.
- decreasing term insurance,
- decree absolute,
- decree nisi,
Origin of decree
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.
Justice Anthony Kennedy has more power than any president or justice in history to decree the law of the land.
A 2010 decree took it a step further: they will be stricken with a “crime against sacraments.”
And it is not for all of the time, all or nothing, as the Yahoo decree implied.
The tensions here arise from the notion that democracies decide to go to war as nations, not by dint of decree.
But their great age and the familiarity of their presence had softened the decree in its enforcement.On the Vice of Novel Reading.|Young E. Allison
The Senate, however, passed a decree that the army should name the new emperor.A Smaller History of Rome|William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
The General Council can only meet by a decree of the supreme head of the state, who determines the length of the sitting.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2|Ferdinand Gregorovius
On the 18th of March 1758, a decree granted to the Hewelckes the privileges they had requested.
Its profits cannot be divided until the managing agents of the corporation so decree.
verb decrees, decreeing or decreed
Word Origin for decree
early 14c., from Old French decre, variant of decret (12c., Modern French décret), from Latin decretum, neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere "to decree, decide, pronounce a decision," from de- (see de-) + cernere "to separate" (see crisis).
late 14c., from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.