Definition of decree in English:

decree

noun

  • 1An official order that has the force of law.

    ‘the decree guaranteed freedom of assembly’
    ‘presidential decrees’
    • ‘The government, made up of 16 ministers and seven secretaries of state was officially announced overnight in a presidential decree.’
    • ‘He said that the bourse had received the green light to trade the gold but it still needed a presidential decree to begin the trading.’
    • ‘He's the president who governed with the most number of presidential decrees.’
    • ‘However, the announcement must be followed by the promulgation of a presidential decree before it becomes official policy.’
    • ‘Under the decree, local officials have the power to place people under house arrest and demand that weapons be handed over.’
    • ‘The ombudsman commission was established under a presidential decree in 2000 in a bid to help promote good governance.’
    • ‘Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is protected by a presidential decree.’
    • ‘While a custody decree is an injunctive order, the courts too often fail to apply the principles that are applicable to all other injunctions.’
    • ‘Latin was reserved for official decrees or used by the elite.’
    • ‘But despite official denials, the decree is sweeping in its scope.’
    • ‘In early 1922 a decree ordered local soviets to organize the removal of all precious church items.’
    • ‘However, opposition groups outside the country claim that forced labor continues in the country despite the official decree.’
    • ‘A presidential decree on the composition of each partner's stake has yet to be issued.’
    • ‘Next Thursday, he will sign a presidential decree on the Anticorruption Action Plan.’
    • ‘These decrees forced companies to rehire or retire all those workers who had been sacked as a result of strikes or industrial action in the railway industry.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the government will soon raise the luxury tax on automobiles following the issuance of a presidential decree signed on Oct.25.’
    • ‘Soldiers on the distant outposts of empire quickly learned that official decrees and restraining orders took months to arrive and counted for little ‘on the ground’.’
    • ‘The protests come on the heals of a strike by interstate bus drivers last Wednesday over a government decree ordering them to give receipts.’
    • ‘Court orders and consent decrees are exempted; but voluntary actions by the school district are not.’
    • ‘Under the decree, every official who usually travels by car must switch to traveling by motorbike on Fridays.’
    order, edict, command, commandment, mandate, proclamation, dictum, fiat, promulgation, precept
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    1. 1.1mass noun The issuing of a decree.
      ‘the king ruled by decree’
      • ‘The military-dominated government then suspended the constitution, dissolved the legislature, and formed a regime that ruled by decree.’
      • ‘The parliamentary system broke down and the Austrian Minister-President Count von Stürgkh ruled by decree between 1911 and 1914.’
      • ‘New offences against the state could be " created " by government decree.’
      • ‘The " Westminster Constitution " of 1968 was suspended by royal decree in 1973.’
      • ‘It has ruled by decree since. In 1990, pro-democracy parties won over 80% of the vote during a free election.’
      • ‘He was appointed Professor Extraordinary of that subject by decree of the Head of State issued on 22 July 1922.’
      • ‘The party ruled by decree until January 1986 when a military coup forced them out of office.’
      • ‘Since 2001, his majesty has ruled by decree, issuing more than 160 ‘temporary laws’ pending parliament's approval.’
      • ‘That government, headed by a junta that scrapped the old laws and ruled by decree, enjoyed strong support from Europe, the United States and Canada, and much of the rest of the world.’
      • ‘He has been governing by emergency decree under the appropriate provisions of the Third Republic Constitution.’
      • ‘Rather than seeing the fruits of their labours and the promise of profits to come, they will see a lifetime's work taken away from them by the chief vet and enforced by government decree.’
      • ‘As a remnant of royal decree, Orders In Council would thus be discarded.’
      • ‘The president could also declare a state of emergency and rule by emergency decree.’
    2. 1.2 A judgement or decision of certain law courts, especially in matrimonial cases.
      • ‘A decree of nullity has wide implications for the couple and their children.’
      • ‘Thus, the Court of Appeals sent the consent decree back to the District Court but to a different judge.’
      • ‘The Public Prosecutor appealed, but by a decree of 21 October 1994 the Court of Appeal rejected the appeal and found the defendant not guilty.’
      • ‘As a result, the wife applied for and was granted a decree of nullity.’
      • ‘In 1981, eight nullity decrees were granted.’
      • ‘One requires that a couple live for one year pursuant to a decree of separation.’
      • ‘But in this case, the question was instead one of interpreting the consent decree, much as the court would interpret a contract between two parties.’
      • ‘The Court of Appeal's answer was affirmative: it was enough that, at the time of the pronouncement of the decree, the marriage would have been said to have a valid existence.’
      • ‘The easiest way to change your name back is through your divorce decree.’
      • ‘First of all, when granting a divorce decree, all the judges must instruct parents to be meaningfully involved with child care.’
      • ‘A dependent adult supplement is no longer available on obtaining a decree of divorce.’
      • ‘I note that the Husband did not make any allegation of non-consummation in his cross petition nor did he seek a decree of nullity.’
      • ‘Once the divorce decree is entered, unless we can change the law, Texas takes the attitude that you're barred.’
      • ‘In July 2000, the wife issued proceedings in the Irish High Court claiming a decree of judicial separation and other orders.’
      • ‘North Carolina refused to recognize the Nevada divorce decrees.’
      • ‘Judge Jackson was appointed to sign the consent decree, which he did in August 1995.’
      • ‘The wife opposed the divorce on religious grounds and sought a decree of judicial separation instead.’
      • ‘The applicant wishes to obtain a decree of judicial separation.’
      • ‘In March 1999, the High Court refused a decree of nullity to a man whose wife had an affair with her employer shortly after the marriage.’
      judgement, verdict, adjudication, ruling, rule, resolution, arbitration, decision, conclusion
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Order (something) by decree.

    with clause ‘the president decreed that the military was to be streamlined’
    • ‘California passed a law 20 years ago decreeing a proportion of cars would have to be electric powered.’
    • ‘The Colonial government decreed that such people not be permitted to leave the province.’
    • ‘Authorities decreed a 90-day period before foot and mouth restrictions could be lifted.’
    • ‘The government has decreed a sharp rise in taxation for the multinational oil companies.’
    • ‘The government has decreed that importing second-hand cars would damage the local market.’
    • ‘The government decreed that cases of political violence would be tried henceforth by military courts.’
    • ‘The new Nazi government decreed a forced sale, for a pittance, of the main Alt Aussee house.’
    • ‘They didn't manage it and the courts have decreed the Korean chaps forfeit the money.’
    • ‘Within a few hours he had issued Directive No. 25, decreeing Yugoslavia's obliteration and assigning secondary roles in its conquest to Italy and Hungary.’
    • ‘But the executive has decided otherwise, and has decreed that smoking should be banned in all public places.’
    • ‘The General was sentenced to 46 years in prison, the longest sentence decreed by the court.’
    • ‘A six year tax exemption was decreed to peasants who occupied and worked farms abandoned in the Thirty Years War.’
    • ‘In a move to whip up popular support, he decreed the Union to be abolished.’
    • ‘As a result governments long ago decreed fluid milk sold to the public must be pasteurised.’
    • ‘For 91 years, Nebraska state law decreed that black-tailed prairie dogs be eradicated annually.’
    • ‘Finally, it is also decreed that the crimes of rape and attempted rape will be severely punished.’
    • ‘Trouble brewed unexpectedly when Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson decided to investigate the legal ramifications of such a major grab, decreeing any land sales made after 30th January 1840 to be null and void.’
    • ‘The more contentious of the two is the Women's Reservation Bill, which decrees a one-third reservation of parliamentary seats for women.’
    • ‘At the same time an amnesty was decreed for all those who had fought for freedom under the Ancien Régime.’
    order, command, rule, dictate, lay down, prescribe, pronounce, proclaim, ordain
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Origin

Middle English (denoting an edict issued by an ecclesiastical council to settle a point of doctrine or discipline): from Old French decre, decret, from Latin decretum ‘something decided’, from decernere ‘decide’.

Pronunciation

decree

/dɪˈkriː/