decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript(verb)
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"
issue a decree
"The King only can decree"
decide with authority
"The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
An edict or law.
The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty, or a court of probate.
To command by a decree.
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
a decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty
a determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him
an edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils
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
to ordain by fate
to make decrees; -- used absolutely
A decree is a rule of law usually issued by a head of state, according to certain procedures. It has the force of law. The particular term used for this concept may vary from country to country—the executive orders made by the President of the United States, for example, are decrees. In non-legal English usage, however, the term refers to any authoritarian decision.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-krē′, n. an order by one in authority: an edict or law: a judicial decision: a predetermined purpose.—v.t. to decide or determine by sentence in law: to appoint.—v.i. to make a decree:—pr.p. decree′ing; pa.p. decreed′.—adjs. Decree′able, capable of being decreed; Decrē′tive, having the force of a decree; Dec′rētory, Decretō′rial, established by a decree: determining: judicial.—Decree nisi (L. nisi, unless), a decree that becomes absolute unless cause be shown to the contrary—granted esp. in divorce cases. [O. Fr. decret—L. decretum—decernĕre, to decide.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'decree' in Nouns Frequency: #2863
The numerical value of decree in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of decree in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
This decree is very serious and we will not allow it to pass unopposed. (on Israel offers 10-month West Bank settlement freeze)
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
I have a decree that requires cabinet (approval), but the prime minister is bearing responsibility for the implementation of this decree.
We demand, via all global diplomatic channels, that President Obama rectify and repeal the immoral decree declaring Venezuela a threat to the United States.
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- verordnen, bestimmen, verfügen, dekretierenGerman
- ordenanza, decretar, decretoSpanish
- julistaa, määrätä, määräys, julistus, asetus, dekreetti, päätös, säädös, antaa asetusFinnish
- reachtaigh, acht, foraithinIrish
- förordna, dekret, förordning, dekretera, påbjuda, bestämmaSwedish
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