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[dih-surn] /dɪˈsɜrn/
verb (used without object)
Scots Law. to enter a judicial decree.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to discern.
Origin of decern
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English decernen to decide < Old French decerner < Latin dēcernere, equivalent to dē- de- + cernere to separate, decide Unabridged
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  • Noo, I would be greatly obligated if ye would expone to me the nice point, that I may be able to decern accordingly.

    The Entail John Galt
  • It happened at one time he heard his mother (for see neither of them could, as to decern in so dark a place) bemoan her condition.

British Dictionary definitions for decern


verb (transitive)
(Scots law) to decree or adjudge
an archaic spelling of discern
Word Origin
C15: from Old French decerner, from Latin dēcernere to judge, from cernere to discern
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