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decision

[dih-sizh-uh n] /dɪˈsɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
the act or process of deciding; determination, as of a question or doubt, by making a judgment:
They must make a decision between these two contestants.
2.
the act of or need for making up one's mind:
This is a difficult decision.
3.
something that is decided; resolution:
She made a poor decision when she dropped out of school.
4.
a judgment, as one formally pronounced by a court:
It is the decision of this court that the appeal is granted.
5.
the quality of being decided; firmness:
He spoke with decision and calm authority.
6.
the final score in any sport or contest:
The decision was 5 to 4 in favor of the home team.
7.
Boxing. the awarding of a victory in a match not decided by a knockout or technical knockout, usually through a vote of the referee and judges.
verb (used with object)
8.
Boxing. to win a victory over (one's opponent) by a point score rather than a knockout.
Origin of decision
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English decisioun < Middle French < Latin dēcīsiōn- (stem of dēcīsiō) literally, a cutting off, equivalent to dēcīs(us) (past participle of dēcīdere; see decide) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
decisional, adjective
nondecision, noun
predecision, noun
redecision, noun
subdecision, noun
Synonyms
4. ruling, verdict, finding, decree.
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  • Of this she was sure, that her decision and her pleasure would be his.

  • It was because they had been out for three hours without reaching a decision.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The portrait was not wanting in force or decision of touch, but the drawing was defective.

    Turner William Cosmo Monkhouse
  • All their calamities, except the plague, were the foreseen results of their own decision.

  • In the decision of all questions by the Grand Lodge he is entitled to two votes.

British Dictionary definitions for decision

decision

/dɪˈsɪʒən/
noun
1.
a judgment, conclusion, or resolution reached or given; verdict
2.
the act of making up one's mind
3.
firmness of purpose or character; determination
Derived Forms
decisional, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin dēcīsiō, literally: a cutting off; see decide
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Word Origin and History for decision
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French décision (14c.), from Latin decisionem (nominative decisio) "a decision, settlement, agreement," noun of action from past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Decision making (adjective, also decision-making) is recorded from 1953.

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