An official order that has the force of law
an emergency presidential decree
An order by a court of law stating the date on which a marriage will end unless a good reason not to grant a divorce is produced
A court of law’s final order officially ending a marriage, enabling either party to remarry
A decree or decision of a court in favour of a defendant in an action. Also as postpositive. In later use only in decree of absolvitor.
With reference to a court order, decree, etc.: such that a particular task or action must be performed. Later also occasionally (with reference to a legal action): in pursuit of a such an order. Now frequently in order ad factum praestandum, decree ad factum praestandum.