Look carefully! A decree isn't something you get when you graduate. That one little letter change makes it something else altogether: a legally binding command or the announcement of such a thing.
If you go back far enough, a decree referred to a decision handed down by the Roman emperor. In more modern usage, a divorce decree is the document issued by a court that terminates a marriage. And if you want to go out with someone on a date, but things keep preventing you from having the chance to ask, you could say that fate did not decree it to be so.
n a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
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an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
judicial separation, legal separation
a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
an edict that has been publicly posted
ban, prohibition, proscription
a decree that prohibits something
a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
bull, papal bull
a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
an edict of the Russian tsar
pragmatic, pragmatic sanction
an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land
stay of execution
an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time
an order that bans something
cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment, injunction
(law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity
a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
v issue a decree
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issue an order
order by virtue of superior authority; decree
decree or determine beforehand
decree or ordain
designate, destine, doom, fate
decree or designate beforehand
make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
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state emphatically and authoritatively
v decide with authority
override, overrule, overthrow, overturn, reverse
rule in, rule out
include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules