- decree de‧cree [dɪˈkriː] noun [countable] LAW1. 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 deˌcreeLAW 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 action2. 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.
* * *Ⅰ.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 decreeⅡ.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.