• (British) IPA: /dɪˈkɹiː/

decree (plural decrees)

  1. An edict or law.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 2:1 ↗:
      There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Lvcrece (First Quarto), London: Printed by Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, […], OCLC 236076664 ↗:
      Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree?
  2. (legal) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
  3. (legal) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.
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decree (decrees, present participle decreeing; past and past participle decreed)

  1. To command by a decree.
    A court decrees a restoration of property.
    • Bible, Job xxii. 28
      Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.
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”, in Christabel: Kubla Khan, a Vision: The Pains of Sleep, London: Printed for John Murray, […], by William Bulmer and Co. […], published
, OCLC 1380031 ↗, , page 55 ↗:
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