decision

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
  1. noun
    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
    “a decision unfavorable to the opposition”
    synonyms: conclusion, determination, verdict
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    predetermination
    a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
    type of:
    judgement, judgment, mind
    an opinion formed by judging something
  2. noun
    the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
    synonyms: decisiveness
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    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
  3. noun
    the act of making up your mind about something
    “the burden of decision was his”
    synonyms: conclusion, determination
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    appointment, assignment, designation, naming
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
    call
    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
    move
    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
    resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    nomination
    the act of officially naming a candidate
    co-optation, co-option
    the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    delegacy
    the appointment of a delegate
    ordinance, ordination
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
    recognition
    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
    demarche
    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
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    choice, option, pick, selection
    the act of choosing or selecting
  4. noun
    the outcome of a game or contest
    “the team dropped three decisions in a row”
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    final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
    something that results
  5. noun
    (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
    “had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent”
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    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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