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." "There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." (Luke II. 1) "Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree?" (Shak)
Origin: OE. Decre, F. Decret, fr. L. Decretum, neut. Decretus, p. P. Of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. See Certain, and cf. Decreet, Decretal.
(01 Mar 1998)
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