To make a decision is to make up your mind about something. To act with decision is to proceed with determination, which might be a natural character trait.

Decision originally comes from the Latin decidere ("determine"). You make decisions every day: what to wear, what to eat, how to spend your money, who to vote for, what movie to go to. A court judge makes a decision in a trial (and actually "hands down" or "announces" that decision). If judges make the decision in a boxing match, the winner wins "by decision." More loosely, decision can also refer to the outcome of any game or contest.

Definitions of decision

n a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration

“a decision unfavorable to the opposition”
conclusion, determination
a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
Type of:
judgement, judgment, mind
an opinion formed by judging something

n the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose

indecision, indecisiveness
the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose
Type of:
firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve
the trait of being resolute

n the act of making up your mind about something

“the burden of decision was his”
conclusion, determination
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appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
the act of deciding to do something
casting lots, drawing lots, sortition
making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
the act of officially naming a candidate
co-optation, co-option
the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
the appointment of a delegate
ordinance, ordination
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
a move or step or maneuver in political or diplomatic affairs
maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre
a move made to gain a tactical end
Type of:
choice, option, pick, selection
the act of choosing or selecting

n the outcome of a game or contest

“the team dropped three decisions in a row”
Type of:
final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
something that results

n (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred

“had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent”
split decision
a boxing decision in which the judges are not unanimous
Type of:
final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
something that results

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