Definition of decision in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈsiZHən/


1A conclusion or resolution reached after consideration: I’ll make the decision on my own the editor’s decision is final
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  • 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.
  • We stress that our board has made no decisions in respect of closure or any other option.
resolution, conclusion, settlement, commitment, resolve, determination;
choice, option, selection
verdict, finding, ruling, recommendation, judgment, judgment call, pronouncement, adjudication, order, rule, resolve;
findings, results;
Law  determination
1.1The action or process of deciding something or of resolving a question: the information was used as the basis for decision
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  • As the argument on it developed three questions emerged for decision.
  • 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.
  • Again and again in America's history, our citizens have faced crucial moments of decision.
1.2A formal judgment: last year’s Supreme Court decision
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  • For this reason, in my judgment, the decision of the Tribunal on this issue is flawed and cannot stand.
  • This is an application for judicial review of a decision of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.
  • The claimant failed in an attempt to get a judicial review of a decision by the Press Complaints Commission.
1.3The ability or tendency to make decisions quickly; decisiveness: she was a woman of decision
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  • She stared into his face for a long time before she spoke again, and when she did, it was in a tone of decision.
  • The Council said it will reach a final decision on the planning application within the next two to three weeks.
decisiveness, determination, resolution, resolve, firmness;
strong-mindedness, purpose, purposefulness
1.4 Boxing The awarding of a fight, in the absence of a knockout or technical knockout, to the boxer with the most rounds won or with the most points.
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  • Yet he passed this first test with flying colors, fighting his way to a ten round decision.
  • The fight went to a technical decision after an accidental clash of heads in the fourth round.
  • Then came the most controversial decision of the night with the home boxer being awarded a majority decision.
1.5 Baseball A win or a loss assigned to a pitcher.


Late Middle English: from Latin decisio(n-), from decidere 'determine' (see decide).

Words that rhyme with decision

circumcision, collision, concision, derision, division, elision, envision, excision, imprecision, incision, misprision, precisian, precision, provision, scission, vision

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Syllabification: de·ci·sion

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