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decree absolute
decree nisi
rule by decree (=make all the important decisions himself)
▪ He announced that henceforth he would rule by decree.
▪ King John forbade the clergy to enact any new decree on the subject.
▪ In attempting to implement the new policy via decree, Gordon had encountered strong patient resistance.
▪ Despite the new decree the primaries were bedeviled with allegations of corruption.
▪ Anselm supported Henry, and he did not make his support conditional on Henry's acceptance of the new papal decrees.
▪ He had just left the Council at which the new decrees had been pronounced.
▪ Hugh was the most forceful advocate of the principle which the new papal decree embodied.
▪ Had he not himself acted thus after hearing the papal decree against lay investiture and clerical homage?
▪ His papal decrees were the foundation of canon law until their update in 1917.
▪ Anselm supported Henry, and he did not make his support conditional on Henry's acceptance of the new papal decrees.
▪ Hugh was the most forceful advocate of the principle which the new papal decree embodied.
▪ The Assembly was dissolved by presidential decree on Oct. 12.
▪ Under a presidential decree of Aug. 6, oil and gas export prices were deregulated soas to bring them into line with world prices.
▪ Additionally, two presidential decrees on March 23 had been designed to cushion the blow of the price rises.
▪ Sobchak said the presidium's decision was illegal since his instruction had been made in accordance with the presidential decree of January 1991.
▪ The presidential decrees were, however, suspended after telephone negotiations on April 9.
▪ Cabinet reshuffle Presidential decrees at the end of May effected a minor Cabinet reshuffle.
▪ Because of the paralysis of Weimar Reich stags, presidential decrees were rarely in danger of repeal.
▪ But his resistance was doomed to failure as the courtiers' position was confirmed by several royal decrees.
▪ Even a small favorable comment from the boss is usually taken as a royal decree by the personnel department.
▪ Microsoft dismissed the allegations as unfounded, saying its practices were specifically allowed by the consent decree.
▪ But the company has vigorously asserted that its marketing practices do not violate the 1995 consent decree.
▪ The consent decree was drafted and released to the press in November.
▪ One new provision would prevent the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from entering into consent decrees with employers in job-discrimination lawsuits.
▪ The decree calls for both to be hired as consent decree administrators, charged with designing and implementing the restructuring plans.
▪ Reno contends Microsoft violated a 1995 consent decree by tying the licensing and distribution of Windows and its browser.
▪ In 1989 more than 25,000 divorce decrees were made because of the husband's adultery, 18,000 because of the wife's.
▪ She moved to Chelsea and waited for Joyce's divorce decree to become absolute.
▪ Presidential decrees enacting reform Gorbachev used his emergency presidential powers to issue during October four decrees marking critical steps towards market reform.
▪ In Britain, Heath utilized the energy crisis to issue a decree in December imposing a three-day workweek on most industries.
▪ Nine days later, President Blaise Compaoré issued decrees bringing the Constitution into immediate effect, and dissolving the government.
▪ In December 1785 Joseph 11 issued an imperial decree limiting the number of Viennese lodges to three.
▪ The President could issue decrees which would be binding throughout the country.
▪ In Savoy as elsewhere, it was one thing to issue a decree and another to make it effective.
▪ The powers allow it to rule by decree and declare a state of war.
▪ Article 38 permits the government to rule by decree.
▪ Mr Gorbachev may well use his powers to rule by decree to push the reform through.
▪ The militants ruled the towns by decrees announced on wall-posters.
▪ Yeltsin signed a decree on Oct. 16 granting extra economic support and freedoms to Kabardino-Balkaria.
▪ Izvestiya of Oct. 1 reported that Yeltsin had signed the relevant decrees to implement the measures.
▪ Yeltsin signed a decree relieving him of his post on Oct. 23.
▪ Mr Putin's regime is more confident, and swiftly signed the decree last month.
▪ a court decree
▪ In 1637 the Emperor issued a decree ordering all foreigners to leave the country.
▪ The king dissolved parliament and ruled by decree.
▪ A January Party report in Roslavl' noted with glee that the local clergy were divided, even before the February decree.
▪ During the following twelve months the sultan issued a series of decrees which gave formal recognition to the MiloÜ-Marasli agreement.
▪ In December 1936 a decree was issued which made all volunteer forces subject to military jurisdiction.
▪ Microsoft has vigorously asserted that its marketing practices do not violate the 1995 consent decree.
▪ The consent decree was carefully negotiated to allow that to continue, he said.
▪ The majority in favour meant that the changes would become law once published by presidential decree in the official gazette.
▪ Under a presidential decree of Aug. 6, oil and gas export prices were deregulated soas to bring them into line with world prices.
▪ Weird and wonderful international rules, however, decreed that Billy Bingham couldn't pick him, but Jack Charlton could.
▪ In 1929 Parliament decreed that all women should have the right to vote.
▪ The government decreed a ban on all contact with the guerrillas by local and provincial government officials.
▪ A 50 percent wage rise was also decreed for most civil servants.
▪ From now on, he decreed, we, her family, would cook and feed her every meal.
▪ K-For is holding the line, sensibly reinforcing an ethnic divide that geography has decreed.
▪ Neither Patrick nor John had brought dinner jackets so Sir Bryan decreed that the men would wear lounge suits.
▪ Officials decreed that the ball never breached the goal line.
▪ Sartre decrees that Gustave was never homosexual; merely passive and feminine in his psychology.
▪ Sukarno decreed that the total would be increased from 200 to 514.
▪ When he struck out, he vengefully decreed that nobody would ever believe her predictions.
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.]

  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. ``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?

  2. (Law)

    1. A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.

    2. A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.

  3. (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.]

  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.

    Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.
    --Job xxii. 28.

  2. To ordain by fate.

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.

  1. v. issue a decree; "The King only can decree"

  2. decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed" [syn: rule]


n. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there" [syn: edict, fiat, order, rescript]


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.

Decree (Belgium)

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 (band)

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.

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.