What is decree?

  • (verb): Issue a decree.
    Example: "The King only can decree"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A decree is a rule of law usually issued by a head of state (such as the president of a republic), according to certain procedures (usually established in a constitution). It has the force of law. The particular term used for this concept may vary from country to country—the executive orders made by the President of the United States, for example, are decrees (although a decree is not exactly an order). In non-legal English usage, however, the term refers to any authoritarian decision.

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Some articles on decree:

Coat Of Arms Of Paris - Design
... to include The Legion of Honor (Decree of 9 October 1900) The Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (Decree of 28 July 1919) and The Ordre de la Libération (Decree of 24 March 1945) ...
Decree - Other Uses of The Term
... In some jurisdictions, certain types of court orders by judges are referred to as decrees. ...
Colonial Medal - Medal
... Introduced by the Finance Act of 23 July 1893, its implementing decree dated 6 March 1894 lists the military operations carried out by France in its colonies or ... The scope of the decree was therefore a broad retroactive effect, since the first operations considered for the award of the Medal colonial dating back to 1827, at the very beginning of the conquest ... The most recent include the decree of June 6, 1962 which transformed the Médaille Coloniale to Médaille d'Outre-Mer ...
Army Of The Coasts Of La Rochelle - Creation and Evolution Since 1792
... By means of a decree, the army became the Army of the Coasts of La Rochelle on 30 April 1793 ... Army of the West (L'armée de l'Ouest) by decree of the Convention on 2 October 1793 ... By a decree issued on 30 April 1793, the army was responsible for the defence of the coasts and areas between the estuaries of the Gironde and Loire and ...
Lagunas De Zempoala National Park - Decree
27, 1936 by the president of Mexico, and the decree was modified in May 1947 to reduce the parks territory to its current 4,700 hectares ...

More definitions of "decree":

  • (noun): A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge).
    Synonyms: edict, fiat, order, rescript
  • (verb): Decide with authority.
    Synonyms: rule

Famous quotes containing the word decree:

    Thy brother by decree is banishèd.
    If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him,
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    In the whole vast dome of living nature there reigns an open violence, a kind of prescriptive fury which arms all the creatures to their common doom: as soon as you leave the inanimate kingdom you find the decree of violent death inscribed on the very frontiers of life.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821)