a formal and authoritative order, especially one having the force of law: a presidential decree.
Law. a judicial decision or order.
Theology. one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), decreed, decreeing.
to command, ordain, or decide by decree.

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

predecree, verb (used with object), predecreed, predecreeing.
undecreed, adjective
well-decreed, adjective Unabridged
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decree (dɪˈkriː)
1.  an edict, law, etc, made by someone in authority
2.  decree nisi See decree absolute an order or judgment of a court made after hearing a suit, esp in matrimonial proceedings
vb , decrees, decreeing, decreed
3.  to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
[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 & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. decre, variant of decret, from L. decretum, neut. of decretus, pp. of decernere "to decree, decide, pronounce a decision," from de- + cernere "to separate" (see crisis).
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Example sentences
But in the period before the vote, the populist, leftist president would be
  able to rule by decree.
Grammar is subject to majority rule, not autocratic decree.
The decree authorises police raids without warrant, the use of anonymous
  witnesses and secret evidence.
Two political parties scrambled into existence after the decree.
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