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English noun: decree

1. decree (communication) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

SamplesA friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there.

Synonymsedict, fiat, order, rescript

Broader (hypernym)act, enactment

Narrower (hyponym)ban, bull, consent decree, curfew, decree nisi, imperial decree, judicial separation, legal separation, papal bull, programma, prohibition, proscription, stay

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: decree

1. decree (communication) issue a decree

SamplesThe King only can decree.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)declare

Narrower (hyponym)enact, ordain, ordain

2. decree (cognition) decide with authority

SamplesThe King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

Narrower (hyponym)override, overrule, overthrow, overturn, reverse, rule in, rule out

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