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)

2. 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.

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

Synonyms: Law, regulation, edict, ordinance. See Law.

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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