Etymology
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decree (n.)

"special ordinance or regulation promulgated by authority," early 14c., originally ecclesiastical, secular use is by late 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" (from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," thus "discriminate, distinguish").

decree (v.)

"to order or promulgate with authority," late 14c., decreen, from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.

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Definitions of decree
1
decree (v.)
issue a decree;
The King only can decree
decree (v.)
decide with authority;
The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed
Synonyms: rule
2
decree (n.)
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);
Synonyms: edict / fiat / order / rescript
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