- 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 Words for decreedimpose, dictate, declare, enact, proclaim, set, force, decide, oblige, compel, require, pronounce, ordain, rule, prescribe, command, determine, demand, announce, constrain
Examples from the Web for decreed
Contemporary Examples of decreed
Atalanta is a young princess, and her father has decreed she must marry whichever man wins a footrace.‘Free to Be…You and Me’ Did Not Emasculate Men
March 11, 2014
There would not be female priests, he decreed: “That door is closed.”What About Women, Pope Francis?
Janine di Giovanni
August 1, 2013
Harry, it has been decreed, will not be photographed near any alcohol.The Reinvention of Prince Harry: Why His U.S. Visit Is a Huge Success
May 15, 2013
In 1957 Nikita Khrushchev decreed that the Chechens could return to their ancestral homelands.How Chechnya Suffered Under Russian Rule
April 19, 2013
Restive al Anbar province, the decreed center of a new al Qaeda state, was lost.What If the Iraq War Never Happened?
March 20, 2013
Historical Examples of decreed
Atropos has decreed that I at least shall never again enter her walls.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
So the hostess had decreed, and so instructed Alfred and Gracie.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She realized that fate had decreed defeat for her in the game.Within the Law
But, on this unusual occasion, it was decreed that we should black our boots and leggings.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
That which is coming, and is decreed to come, cannot be very disagreeable.Lord Kilgobbin
- to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
Word Origin for decree
late 14c., from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.