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[n] a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
[v] decide with authority
[v] issue or demand by decree


edict, fiat, order, rescript, rule

Misc. Definitions

\De*cree"\, n. [OE. decre, F. d['e]cret, fr. L. decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. See {Certain}, and cf. {Decreet}, {Decretal}.]
1. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru?? decision. ``The decrees of Venice.'' --Sh???. There went out a decree from C[ae]sar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. --Luke ii.
1. Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree? --Shak.
2. (Law) (a) A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty. (b) A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him. --Brande.
3. (Eccl.) An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils. Syn: Law; regulation; edict; ordinance. See {Law}.
\De*cree"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decreed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decreeing}.]
1. To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a restoration of property. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee. --Job xxii. 2
2. To ordain by fate.
\De*cree"\, v. i. To make decrees; -- used absolutely. Father eternal! thine is to decree; Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will. --Milton.

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