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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decree, edict, fiat, order, rescriptverb

    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"

  2. decreeverb

    issue a decree

    "The King only can decree"

  3. rule, decreeverb

    decide with authority

    "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"


  1. decreenoun

    An edict or law.

  2. decreenoun

    The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.

  3. decreenoun

    The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty, or a court of probate.

  4. decreeverb

    To command by a decree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decreenoun

    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

  2. Decreenoun

    a decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty

  3. Decreenoun

    a determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him

  4. Decreenoun

    an edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils

  5. Decreeverb

    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

  6. Decreeverb

    to ordain by fate

  7. Decreeverb

    to make decrees; -- used absolutely


  1. Decree

    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

  1. Decree

    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. decretumdecernĕre, to decide.]

Editors Contribution

  1. decree

    A form of rule or legislation.

    The mayoral decree is welcomed as she ensures that the vehicle spaces at the town are free to all to use.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decree' in Nouns Frequency: #2863

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decree in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decree in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of decree in a Sentence

  1. House Speaker John Boehner:

    The administration's decree to unilaterally expand federal authority is a raw and tyrannical power grab that will crush jobs, these leaders know firsthand that the rule is being shoved down the throats of hardworking people with no input, and places landowners, small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers on the road to a regulatory and economic hell.

  2. G. C. Lichtenberg:

    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.

  3. Narumon Pinyosinwat:

    We have to maintain the emergency decree as a tool to manage the situation so we can overcome this.

  4. Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani:

    The decree will mobilize very substantial resources.

  5. Mark Maki:

    The enhanced safety measures included in the decree are consistent with our approach to safety and integrity and our current practices, and have largely been implemented over the past six years.

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