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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: decré, from Latin decernere 'to decide'

decree

1 noun
     
de‧cree1 [countable]
1 an official order or decision, especially one made by the ruler of a country:
The Emperor issued the decree repealing martial law.
2SCL a judgment in a court of law
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