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 Cæsar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. --Luke ii. 1.
Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree? --Shak.
2. Law (a) A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty. (b) A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.
3. Eccl. An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.
Syn: -- Law; regulation; edict; ordinance. See Law.
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 restoration of property.
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee. --Job xxii. 28.
2. To ordain by fate.
De·cree, v. i. To make decrees; -- used absolutely.
Father eternal! thine is to decree;
Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will. --Milton.
n : a legally binding command or decision entered on the court
record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in
New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out
there" [syn: edict, fiat, order, rescript]
v 1: issue a decree; "The King only can decree"
2: decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born
males should be killed" [syn: rule]