Decree

Definition of Decree

De`cree´
n.1.An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru decision.
There went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
- Luke ii. 1.
Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree?
- Shak.
2.(Law) A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.
3.(Eccl.) An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.
v. t.1.To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a restoration of property.
[imp. & p. p. Decreed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Decreeing.]
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.
- Job xxii. 28.
2.To ordain by fate.
v. i.1.To make decrees; - used absolutely.
Father eternal! thine is to decree;
Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will.
- Milton.

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