Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A decree is a rule of law usually issued by a head of state (such as the president of a republic or a monarch), according to certain procedures (usually established in a constitution). It has the force of law. The particular term used for this concept may vary from country to country. The executive orders made by the President of the United States, for example, are decrees (although a decree is not exactly an order). In non-legal English usage, however, the term refers to any authoritarian decision.
For other uses of the term decree, see: Decree.
Decree in Belgium refers to legislation passed by community or regional parliaments, except by the Brussels Parliament. Decrees have the same legal force as laws, the main difference being that laws can be passed only by the Federal Parliament.
The following legislative assemblies have the power to pass decrees: the Flemish Parliament, the Parliament of the French Community, the Walloon Parliament, the Parliament of the German-speaking Community and the Assembly of the French Community Commission, which is informally known as the Brussels Francophone Parliament. The Flemish counterpart of the Brussels Francophone Parliament, the Council of the Flemish Community Commission, does not have the power to pass decrees. Instead, it legislates by regulation.
Unlike laws, decrees are not subject to royal assent. Decrees are not signed and promulgated by the king but instead are promulgated by the community or regional government or, in the case of the Brussels Francophone Parliament, by the College of the French Community Commission. Unlike ordinances, decrees are not subject to judicial review or to supervision by the federal government.
Decree is a Canadian industrial band from Vancouver that was founded by Chris Peterson and John McRae in 1991. However, writing and gathering ideas started around 1989. Both musicians have also been working together at the beginning of the 1990s in the electronic music band Will.
Decree (canon law)
A decree ( Latin: decretum, from decerno, "I judge") is, in a general sense, an order or law made by a superior authority for the direction of others. In the usage of the canon law of the Catholic Church, it has various meanings. Any papal Bull, Brief, or Motu Proprio is a decree inasmuch as these documents are legislative acts of the Pope. In this sense the term is quite ancient. The Roman Congregations were formerly empowered to issue decrees in matters which come under their particular jurisdiction, but were forbidden from continuing to do so under Pope Benedict XV in 1917. Each ecclesiastical province, and also each diocese may issue decrees in their periodical synods within their sphere of authority.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Decree \De*cree"\, v. i. To make decrees; -- used absolutely.
Father eternal! thine is to decree;
Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will.
Decree \De*cree"\, n. [OE. decre, F. d['e]cret, fr. L. decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. See Certain, and cf. Decreet, Decretal.]
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. ``The decrees of Venice.''
There went out a decree from C[ae]sar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
--Luke ii. 1.
Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree?
A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.
A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.
(Eccl.) An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.
Syn: Law; regulation; edict; ordinance. See Law.
Decree \De*cree"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decreed; p. pr. & vb. n. Decreeing.]
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.
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.
--Job xxii. 28.
To ordain by fate.
v. issue a decree; "The King only can decree"
decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed" [syn: rule]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 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" (see crisis).
late 14c., from decree (n.). Related: Decreed; decreeing.
n. 1 An edict or law. 2 (context legal English) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity. 3 (context legal English) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate. vb. To command by a decree.
Usage examples of "decree".
Each in my world, it seemed, carried about with him a bubble of space, a perimeter, a wall, an invisible shield, an unconsciously acculturated, socially sanctioned remoteness, a barrier decreed by convention and conditioning.
To make matters worse, Adams learned of further French seizures of American ships in the Caribbean and that by decrees issued in Paris, the Directory had, in effect, launched an undeclared war on American shipping everywhere.
Loreley had decreed to attract a soul thither, or Amphion, the enchanter, intended there to build a city.
Did I not decree that they be known as my Ansar, my helpers and partisans?
It was decreed that the faith and devotion of the Ansar should be rewarded.
They appeared to have patiently expected, and submissively obeyed, the decree of the senate which regulated the succession to the throne.
Finding the Governor absent from Asuncion and lying under a decree suspending him from all his functions, it seems at once to have occurred to Antequera to seize his place.
But Nadar had decreed that both balloons should depart together, and had installed an extra windlass of rope for that purpose, reasoning that a dual launch would confuse and make even more ineffectual the rifle fire from the enemy lines.
The nursery of our greatest dramatists must be looked for, not, it is true, in the transfigured bear-gardens of the Bankside, but in those enchanted taverns, islanded and bastioned by the protective decree - IDIOTA, INSULSUS, TRISTIS, TURPIS, ABESTO.
He was also conscious that rank gave him the freedom to leave the battle line, except that the responsibility of command perversely decreed that he could not take that voluntary backward step.
After all, he was at least a little bit of a mage, as well as a certified bonesetter and herb-Healer, and Selenay of Valdemar had decreed that Valdemar still needed mages.
Although they are partly followers of Bramah and Pythagoras, they do not believe in the transmigration of souls, except in some cases, by a distinct decree of God.
The decree, the preamble of which Carnot insisted upon writing from my dictation, was drawn up in these terms.
Over the end of the year, the two mathematicians, Casanova and Opiz, at the request of Count Waldstein, made a scientific examination of the reform of the calendar as decreed the 5th October 1793 by the National Convention.
My contact tells me that he can find no Chadian statutes, decrees, or court decisions that deal with found property.