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decree

[dih-kree] /dɪˈkri/
noun
1.
a formal and authoritative order, especially one having the force of law:
a presidential decree.
2.
Law. a judicial decision or order.
3.
Theology. one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), decreed, decreeing.
4.
to command, ordain, or decide by decree.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English decre < Anglo-French decre, decret < Latin dēcrētum, noun use of neuter of dēcrētus, past participle of dēcernere; see decern; (v.) Middle English decreen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
predecree, verb (used with object), predecreed, predecreeing.
undecreed, adjective
well-decreed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for de creed

decree

/dɪˈkriː/
noun
1.
an edict, law, etc, made by someone in authority
2.
an order or judgment of a court made after hearing a suit, esp in matrimonial proceedings See decree nisi, decree absolute
verb decrees, decreeing, decreed
3.
to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
Derived Forms
decreeable, adjective
decreer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French decre, from Latin dēcrētum ordinance, from dēcrētus decided, past participle of dēcernere to determine; see decern
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Word Origin and History for de creed

decree

n.

early 14c., from Old French decre, variant of decret (12c., Modern French décret), from Latin decretum, neuter of decretus, past participle of decernere "to decree, decide, pronounce a decision," from de- (see de-) + cernere "to separate" (see crisis).

v.

late 14c., from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.

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