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From Middle English decre, decree, from Old French decré (French décret), from Latin dēcrētum.
decree (plural decrees)
- An edict or law.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Luke 2:1:
- There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
- 1594, William Shakespeare, Lucrece (First Quarto), London: […] Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, […], →OCLC:
- Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree?
- (law) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
- (law) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.
- (religion) A predetermination made by God; an act of providence.
edict or law
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decree (third-person singular simple present decrees, present participle decreeing, simple past and past participle decreed)
- To command by a decree.
- A court decrees a restoration of property.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Job 22:28:
- Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.
- 1797, S[amuel] T[aylor] Coleridge, “Kubla Khan: Or A Vision in a Dream”, in Christabel: Kubla Khan, a Vision: The Pains of Sleep, London: […] John Murray, […], by William Bulmer and Co. […], published 1816, →OCLC, page 55:
- In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure-dome decree: / Where Alph, the sacred river, ran / Through caverns measureless to man / Down to a sunless sea.
- 2022 November 8, Wells, Pete, “Restaurant Review: Why Does This Tibetan Kitchen Also Cook Sichuan Food?”, in The New York Times, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2022-11-08, Food:
- The Nhasangs themselves are from Ngaba, which is in the Amdo region of northeastern Tibetan, a cultural borderland where Tibetan and Sichuan traditions meet. China has decreed that Ngaba is within Sichuan Province.
to command by a decree
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