- 1An official order that has the force of law: the decree guaranteed freedom of assembly presidential decreesMore example sentences
order, edict, command, commandment, mandate, proclamation, dictum, fiat, promulgation, precept; law, statute, act, bill, ordinance, regulation, rule, injunction, enactment, manifesto; in Tsarist Russia ukase; in Spanish-speaking countries pronunciamento
- However, the announcement must be followed by the promulgation of a presidential decree before it becomes official policy.
- 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’.
- While a custody decree is an injunctive order, the courts too often fail to apply the principles that are applicable to all other injunctions.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The issuing of a decree: the king ruled by decreeMore example sentences
- Since 2001, his majesty has ruled by decree, issuing more than 160 ‘temporary laws’ pending parliament's approval.
- It has ruled by decree since. In 1990, pro-democracy parties won over 80% of the vote during a free election.
- The military-dominated government then suspended the constitution, dissolved the legislature, and formed a regime that ruled by decree.
- 1.2A judgement or decision of certain law courts, especially in matrimonial cases.More example sentences
- The applicant wishes to obtain a decree of judicial separation.
- First of all, when granting a divorce decree, all the judges must instruct parents to be meaningfully involved with child care.
- In July 2000, the wife issued proceedings in the Irish High Court claiming a decree of judicial separation and other orders.
verb (decrees, decreeing, decreed)[with object] Back to top
- Order (something) by decree: [with clause]: the president decreed that the military was to be streamlinedMore example sentences
- But the executive has decided otherwise, and has decreed that smoking should be banned in all public places.
- 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.
- California passed a law 20 years ago decreeing a proportion of cars would have to be electric powered.
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'.