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
She was busy annotating reports, signing decrees, dictating her orders when the
  first pains suddenly made her wince.
No treasure in life beyond pals, his father decrees.
We ask that couriers be sent to all the departments to notify them of the
  decrees that you proclaim here.
He who keeps the decrees of the fathers, and both human and divine laws.
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