1650–60; decide + -ing2

decidingly, adverb Unabridged


verb (used with object), decided, deciding.
to solve or conclude (a question, controversy, or struggle) by giving victory to one side: The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff.
to determine or settle (something in dispute or doubt): to decide an argument.
to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince: The new evidence decided him.
verb (used without object), decided, deciding.
to settle something in dispute or doubt: The judge decided in favor of the plaintiff.
to make a judgment or determine a preference; come to a conclusion.

1350–1400; Middle English deciden < Middle French decider < Latin dēcīdere literally, to cut off, equivalent to dē- de- + -cīdere (combining form of caedere to cut)

decider, noun
predecide, verb (used with object), predecided, predeciding.
redecide, verb, redecided, redeciding.

1. Decide, resolve, determine imply settling upon a purpose and being able to adhere to it. To decide is to make up one's mind as to what shall be done and the way to do it: He decided to go today. To resolve is to show firmness of purpose: He resolved to ask for a promotion. To determine is to make up one's mind and then to stick to a fixed or settled purpose: determined to maintain his position at all costs. Unabridged
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decide (dɪˈsaɪd)
1.  (may take a clause or an infinitive as object; when intr, sometimes foll by on or about) to reach a decision: decide what you want; he decided to go
2.  (tr) to cause (a person) to reach a decision: the weather decided me against going
3.  (tr) to determine or settle (a contest or question): he decided his future plans
4.  (tr) to influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question): Borg's stamina decided the match
5.  (intr; foll by for or against) to pronounce a formal verdict
[C14: from Old French decider, from Latin dēcīdere, literally: to cut off, from caedere to cut]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. decider, from L. decidere "to decide," lit. "to cut off," from de- "off" + cædere "to cut" (see cement). For L. vowel change, see acquisition. Sense is of resolving difficulties "at a stroke." Originally "to settle
a dispute;" meaning "to make up one's mind" is attested from 1830. Decided in the adj. sense of "resolute" is from 1790. Decisive is c.1600. A decided victory is one whose reality is not in doubt; a decisive one goes far toward settling some issue. Related: Decidedly (1790).
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Example sentences
In fact, let's use published horror stories as our main basis for deciding what
  does and doesn't work.
If agreeing to accept the money was complicated, deciding what to do with it
  was almost impossible.
Deciding what information and which artifacts to include in the show was, at
  times, a sensitive process.
Heavy artillery is becoming an increasingly important factor in deciding
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