from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Decide; determine; decree.
- v. Discern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To perceive, discern, or decide.
- transitive v. To decree; to adjudge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Scots law, to decree; judge; adjudge.
- To discern; discriminate.
- In Scots law, to decree; pass judgment: an essential word in all decrees and interlocutors.
First attested in late Middle English circa 1425; from the French décerner, from the Latin dēcernō ("I decide”, (law): “I pronounce a decision"), from dē ("of”; “from”, “away from") + cernō ("I separate”, “I distinguish"), whence the English cern. In Old French, the forms of décerner were frequently conflated with those of descerner, discerner; the two verbs were not clearly distinguished until the sixteenth century; hence, in English also, decern is found with the sense discern. (Wiktionary)