decree de‧cree [dɪˈkriː] noun [countable] LAW
1. a judgement made in a court of law after a civil action:

• The council had already been successful in obtaining a court decree against the former MP.

conˈsent deˌcree
LAW an order by the court to end a civil case when the accused person or company admits that the complaint against them is correct and agrees to a particular course of action
2. in certain forms of government, an order from a president, minister etc that has the force of a law:

• The president issued a decree on January 26, ordering the re-registration of all political parties.

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decree UK US /dɪˈkriː/ noun [C]
LAW a judgment that is made in a court of law: »

In December a court decree ended the strike.

an official statement that something must happen, made by a leader, government, etc.: »

The Dutch government issued a decree laying down strict rules on the age of veal calves and how they should be housed.


rule/legislate by decree

See also CONSENT DECREE(Cf. ↑consent decree)
decree UK US /dɪˈkriː/ verb [T]
LAW to make a judgment in a court of law: »

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling decreed that apparel manufacturers - not the retailers themselves - could control the minimum sale price of products.

to officially state that something will happen: »

Several countries have lured back untaxed assets held abroad by decreeing an amnesty for tax evasion.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • decree — de·cree /di krē/ n [Old French decré, from Latin decretum, from neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere to decide] 1: an order having the force of law by judicial decree 2: a judicial decision esp. in an equity or probate court; broadly …   Law dictionary

  • Decree — • In a general sense, an order or law made by a superior authority for the direction of others. In ecclesiastical use it has various meanings. Any papal Bull, Brief, or Motu Proprio is a decree inasmuch as these documents are legislative acts of… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Decree — De*cree , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decreed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decreeing}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decree — [dē krē′, di krē′] n. [ME decre < OFr decret < L decretum, neut. of decretus, pp. of decernere, to decree < de , from + cernere, to sift, judge: see CERTAIN] 1. an official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court,… …   English World dictionary

  • Decree — De*cree , n. [OE. decre, F. d[ e]cret, fr. L. decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de + cernere to decide. See {Certain}, and cf. {Decreet}, {Decretal}.] 1. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Decree — De*cree , v. i. To make decrees; used absolutely. [1913 Webster] Father eternal! thine is to decree; Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decree — [n] mandate, legal order act, announcement, behest, bidding, charge, charging, command, commandment, declaration, decretum, dictum, direction, directive, edict, enactment, injunction, instruction, judgment, law, order, ordinance, precept,… …   New thesaurus

  • decree — ► NOUN 1) an official order that has the force of law. 2) a judgement or decision of certain law courts. ► VERB (decrees, decreed, decreeing) ▪ order by decree. ORIGIN Latin decretum something decided , from decernere …   English terms dictionary

  • decree ni|si — «NY sy», Law. a conditional decree of divorce, which becomes final later …   Useful english dictionary

  • decree — vb *dictate, prescribe, ordain, impose Analogous words: *command, order, enjoin, charge, direct: constrain, oblige, compel, *force …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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