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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. decree(verb)

    issue a decree

    "The King only can decree"

  3. rule, decree(verb)

    decide with authority

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


  1. decree(Noun)

    An edict or law.

  2. decree(Noun)

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

  3. decree(Noun)

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

  4. decree(Verb)

    To command by a decree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decree(noun)

    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. Decree(noun)

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

  3. Decree(noun)

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

  4. Decree(noun)

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

  5. Decree(verb)

    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. Decree(verb)

    to ordain by fate

  7. Decree(verb)

    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. Antonin Scalia:

    It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me, today's decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.

  3. Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani:

    The decree will mobilize very substantial resources.

  4. David Vladeck:

    I don't think there's any doubt that Facebook violated the consent decree. I think the question is, you know, how many violations there are, i think there may be fresh violations.

  5. James Taylor:

    The Supreme Decree issued by Peru last year is a complete repudiation of the debt cleverly wrapped in the cloth of a resolution.

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