|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 |
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