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 Dictionary entry overview: What does decree mean? 

DECREE (noun)
  The noun DECREE has 1 sense:

1. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

  Familiarity information: DECREE used as a noun is very rare.

DECREE (verb)
  The verb DECREE has 2 senses:

1. issue a decree
2. decide with authority

  Familiarity information: DECREE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DECREE (noun)

Sense 1decree [BACK TO TOP]


A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


decree; fiat; edict; rescript; order

Context example:

a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there

Hypernyms ("decree" is a kind of...):

act; enactment (a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "decree"):

consent decree (an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt)

bull; papal bull (a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla))

stay (a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted)

ban; prohibition; proscription (a decree that prohibits something)

programma (an edict that has been publicly posted)

judicial separation; legal separation (a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart)

imperial decree (a decree issued by a sovereign ruler)

decree nisi (a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date)

curfew (an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited)

DECREE (verb)

Sense 1decree [BACK TO TOP]


Issue a decree

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The King only can decree

Hypernyms (to "decree" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "decree"):

ordain (issue an order)

enact; ordain (order by virtue of superior authority; decree)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sense 2decree [BACK TO TOP]


Decide with authority

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


decree; rule

Context example:

The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed

Hypernyms (to "decree" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "decree"):

override; overrule; overthrow; overturn; reverse (rule against)

rule in; rule out (include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

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