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decree

[ dih-kree ]
/ dɪˈkri /
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noun

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.

verb (used with or without object), de·creed, de·cree·ing.

to command, ordain, or decide by decree.

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RELATED WORDS

impose, dictate, declare, enact, proclaim, set, force, decide, oblige, compel, require, pronounce, ordain, rule, prescribe, command, determine, demand, announce, constrain

Nearby words

decoy, decrease, decreasing, decreasing term insurance, decreasingly, decree, decree absolute, decree nisi, decree-law, decreet, decrement

Origin of decree

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English decre < Anglo-French decre, decret < Latin dēcrētum, noun use of neuter of dēcrētus, past participle of dēcernere; see decern; (v.) Middle English decreen, derivative of the noun
Related formspre·de·cree, verb (used with object), pre·de·creed, pre·de·cree·ing.un·de·creed, adjectivewell-de·creed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decreed

decree

/ (dɪˈkriː) /

noun

an edict, law, etc, made by someone in authority
an order or judgment of a court made after hearing a suit, esp in matrimonial proceedingsSee decree nisi, decree absolute

verb decrees, decreeing or decreed

to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
Derived Formsdecreeable, adjectivedecreer, noun

Word Origin for decree

C14: from Old French decre, from Latin dēcrētum ordinance, from dēcrētus decided, past participle of dēcernere to determine; see decern
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