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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun decree has 1 sense

Verb decree has 2 senses


decree, n. & v.
1 an official order issued by a legal authority.
2 a judgement or decision of certain lawcourts, esp. in matrimonial cases.
--v.tr. (decrees, decreed, decreeing) ordain by decree.

decree absolute a final order for divorce, enabling either party to remarry. decree nisi a provisional order for divorce, made absolute unless cause to the contrary is shown within a fixed period.
ME f. OF decr{eacute} f. L decretum neut. past part. of decernere decide (as DE-, cernere sift)



act, act on, action, adjudge, announcement, appointment, authorize, award, behest, bid, bidding, bill, brevet, bull, bylaw, call on, call the signals, call upon, canon, charge, charging, choose, choose to, command, commission, compel, condemn, condemnation, consideration, constitute, constrain, decide, decision, declaration, declare, declare lawful, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, deliverance, demand, desire, determination, determine, diagnosis, dictate, dictation, dictum, diktat, direct, direction, directive, doom, edict, edictum, enact, enact laws, enactment, enjoin, establish, fiat, filibuster, find, find against, find for, finding, force, foredestiny, foregone conclusion, foreknowledge, foreordination, form, formality, formula, formulary, formulate, get the floor, give an order, give the word, have the floor, impose, injunction, institution, instruct, instruction, ipse dixit, issue a command, issue a writ, judgement, jus, kill, law, lay down, legalize, legislate, legislation, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimize, lex, lobby through, logroll, make a regulation, make legal, mandate, manifesto, measure, necessity, oblige, ordain, order, order about, ordinance, ordonnance, pass, pass judgment, pass sentence, pigeonhole, pocket, precedent, precept, predestination, predetermination, preordination, prescience, prescribe, prescript, prescription, proclaim, proclamation, prognosis, promulgate, promulgation, pronounce, pronounce judgment, pronounce on, pronouncement, pronunciamento, put in force, put through, railroad through, regulate, regulation, report, require, rescript, resolution, resolve, return a verdict, roll logs, rubric, rule, ruling, sanction, say the word, see fit, senatus consult, senatus consultum, sentence, set, standing order, statute, table, take the floor, think fit, think good, think proper, ukase, utter a judgment, validate, verdict, veto, will, wish, yield the floor




N command, order, ordinance, act, fiat, hukm, bidding, dictum, hest, behest, call, beck, nod, despatch, dispatch, message, direction, injunction, charge, instructions, appointment, fixture, demand, exaction, imposition, requisition, claim, reclamation, revendication, ultimatum, request, requirement, dictation, dictate, mandate, caveat, decree, senatus consultum, precept, prescript, rescript, writ, ordination, bull, ex cathedra pronouncement, edict, decretal, dispensation, prescription, brevet, placit, ukase, ukaz, firman, hatti- sherif, warrant, passport, mittimus, mandamus, summons, subpoena, nisi prius, interpellation, citation, word, word of command, mot d'ordre, bugle call, trumpet call, beat of drum, tattoo, order of the day, enactment, plebiscite, commanding, authoritative, decretory, decretive, decretal, callable, jussive, in a commanding tone, by a stroke of the pen, by a dash of the pen, by order, at beat of drum, on the first summons, the decree is gone forth, sic volo sic jubeo, le Roi le veut, boutez en avant.

VB command, order, decree, enact, ordain, dictate, direct, give orders, prescribe, set, appoint, mark out, set a task, prescribe a task, impose a task, set to work, put in requisition, bid, enjoin, charge, call upon, instruct, require at the hands of, exact, impose, tax, task, demand, insist on, claim, lay claim to, revendicate, reclaim, cite, summon, call for, send for, subpoena, beckon, issue a command, make a requisition, issue a requisition, promulgate a requisition, make a decree, issue a decree, promulgate a decree, make an order, issue an order, promulgate an order, give the word of command, give the word, give the signal, call to order, give the law, lay down the law, assume the command, remand, be ordered, receive an order.


N legality, legitimacy, legitimateness, legislature, law, code, corpus juris, constitution, pandect, charter, enactment, statute, rule, canon, ordinance, institution, regulation, bylaw, byelaw, decree, ordonnance, standing order, plebiscite, legal process, form, formula, formality, rite, arm of the law, habeas corpus, fieri facias, jurisprudence, nomology, legislation, codification, equity, common law, lex, lex nonscripta, law of nations, droit des gens, international law, jus gentium, jus civile, civil law, canon law, crown law, criminal law, statute law, ecclesiastical law, administrative law, lex mercatoria, constitutionalism, constitutionality, justice, court, tribunal, judge, lawyer, attorney, legal counsel, legal, legitimate, according to law, vested, constitutional, chartered, legalized, lawful, statutable, statutory, legislatorial, legislative, regulatory, regulated, legally, in the eye of the law, de jure, ignorantia legis neminem excusat, ignorance of the law is no excuse, where law ends tyranny begins.

VB legalize, enact, ordain, decree, pass a law, enact a regulation, legislate, codify, formulate, regulate.


N judgment, result, conclusion, upshot, deduction, inference, ergotism, illation, corollary, porism, moral, estimation, valuation, appreciation, judication, dijudication, adjudication, arbitrament, arbitrement, arbitration, assessment, ponderation, valorization, award, estimate, review, criticism, critique, notice, report, decision, determination, judgment, finding, verdict, sentence, decree, findings of fact, findings of law, res judicata, plebiscite, voice, casting vote, vote, opinion, good judgment, judge, umpire, arbiter, arbitrator, asessor, referee, censor, reviewer, critic, connoisseur, commentator, inspector, inspecting officer, twenty-twenty hindsight, armchair general, monday morning quarterback, judging, judicious, determinate, conclusive, on the whole, all things considered, a Daniel come to judgment, and stand a critic, hated yet caress'd, it is much easier to be critical than to be correc, la critique est aisee et l'art est difficile, nothing if not critical, O most lame and impotent conclusion.

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