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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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