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[dih-kree] /dɪˈkri/
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
Related forms
predecree, verb (used with object), predecreed, predecreeing.
undecreed, adjective
well-decreed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decreed
  • The government has decreed that all foreign university staff can only be offered one-year renewable contracts.
  • But a quite different reform, decreed by him three years ago, may bear fruit sooner.
  • Kugel decreed that the day forever would be a day of absurdity.
  • We could easily have decreed that one do math in your representation but it wouldn't have changed the above.
  • Nature has decreed that the supply of water is fixed.
  • And the succession beyond these two heirs has also been decreed.
  • The vizier decreed that thousands of almond trees would be planted throughout his realm.
  • Over the past decade, influential figures in public life have decreed that school reform is the key to fixing poverty.
  • The emir had decreed it as a bit of window-dressing for the local mullahs.
  • He had decreed a new code of conduct for royal behavior, but it had not been published.
British Dictionary definitions for decreed


an edict, law, etc, made by someone in authority
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
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 decreed



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).


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

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