Decree vs Decretory - What's the difference?

decree | decretory |

As a noun decree

is an edict or law.

As a verb decree

is to command by a decree.

As an adjective decretory is

(rare|or|obsolete) pertaining to an authoritative decree or final judgement.




(en noun)
  • An edict or law.
  • * Bible, Luke ii. 1
  • There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree ?
  • (legal) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
  • (legal) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.
  • Usage notes

    * It is accurate to use the word judgment' for a decision of a '''court of law''', and '''decree''' from a ' court of equity , although the former term now includes both.

    Derived terms

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  • To command by a decree.
  • A court decrees a restoration of property.
  • * Bible, Job xxii. 28
  • Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.






    (en adjective)
  • (rare, or, obsolete) Pertaining to an authoritative decree or final judgement.
  • * 1658': If in the '''decretory term of the world we shall not all dye but be changed, according to received translation, the last day will make but few graves — Sir Thomas Browne, ''Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 50)