Definition of decision in English:



  • 1A conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.

    ‘I'll make the decision on my own’
    ‘the editor's decision is final’
    • ‘Doctors should supply patients with sufficient information to reach an informed decision about their health care.’
    • ‘They are individuals with a right to make their own decisions and their own mistakes.’
    • ‘My parents had questioned my decision to stay, but it had never turned to an argument.’
    • ‘Two controversial refereeing decisions were to have a big bearing on the final outcome.’
    • ‘No one would have questioned his decision not to stay at home with the kids.’
    • ‘In TV a lot of people who make editorial decisions have never had any cause to come here.’
    • ‘We view all properties together and make decisions on what we will buy and sell together.’
    • ‘My mother was the one who made all the noise, but my father made all the decisions.’
    • ‘At no time did Ian question his decision to take up the challenge.’
    • ‘We stress that our board has made no decisions in respect of closure or any other option.’
    • ‘He was said to be hard working, honest and not someone who would make rash decisions.’
    • ‘It seems like she was detached from it all, prepared to let them take the decisions for her.’
    • ‘After the workshop I will summarise the key decisions and feed these back to you all.’
    • ‘The selectors may have tough decisions to make but we have to take our strongest side.’
    • ‘Editors can make decisions and take action whether they are in the office or outside it.’
    • ‘Selling up was one of the best decisions he ever made, he says, but so was staying on after the sale.’
    • ‘He has to make tough decisions about who is and who isn't going to play in each series of matches.’
    • ‘People can advise me, he said, but at the end of the day I make the decisions about my health.’
    • ‘We posted the letters to head teachers because they are the ones that make the decisions.’
    • ‘He warned that it was time to make some tough decisions about the library service.’
    resolution, conclusion, settlement, commitment, resolve, determination
    verdict, finding, ruling, recommendation, judgement, pronouncement, adjudgement, adjudication, arbitration
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action or process of deciding something or of resolving a question.
      ‘the information was used as the basis for decision’
      • ‘This is an absolutely critical moment of decision for the whole World Trade Organisation.’
      • ‘History will remember that day not only as a day of tragedy but as a day of decision - when the civilized world was stirred to anger and to action.’
      • ‘For hundreds of thousands of voters, the time of decision is over already.’
      • ‘We can give you examples and bring you to the moment of decision, but you have to do all the rest.’
      • ‘Joffre's strength was his ability to remain calm in a crisis and to retain the power of decision.’
      • ‘However, all of its members were appointed by the monarch, its meetings were held in secret, and it had no powers of decision.’
      • ‘After a few minutes of decision, I pulled out extremely tight jeans and a sleek black top.’
      • ‘As the argument on it developed three questions emerged for decision.’
      • ‘However, Hilbert's view that such an automatic method of decision does exist was not universally shared.’
      • ‘Again and again in America's history, our citizens have faced crucial moments of decision.’
      • ‘The element of decision had gone, and it was this sense of helpless inability to influence events that robbed me of courage.’
      • ‘He told us in no uncertain terms that Ireland must choose and that this was a time of testing, a time of decision.’
      • ‘There are different moments of decision arising because of different conditions.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun]The ability or tendency to make decisions quickly; decisiveness.
      ‘she was a woman of decision’
      • ‘The Council said it will reach a final decision on the planning application within the next two to three weeks.’
      • ‘She stared into his face for a long time before she spoke again, and when she did, it was in a tone of decision.’
      decisiveness, determination, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness
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Late Middle English: from Latin decisio(n-), from decidere determine (see decide).