Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The passing of judgment on an issue under consideration.
  • n. The act of reaching a conclusion or making up one's mind.
  • n. A conclusion or judgment reached or pronounced; a verdict.
  • n. Firmness of character or action; determination.
  • n. Sports A victory won on points in boxing when no knockout has occurred or in wrestling when no fall has occurred.
  • n. Baseball A win or loss accorded to a pitcher: has four wins in six decisions.
  • transitive v. Sports To defeat by a decision, as in boxing: decisioned his opponent in the third round.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A choice or judgement.
  • n. Firmness of conviction.
  • n. A result arrived at by the judges when there is no clear winner at the end of the contest.
  • n. A win or a loss awarded to a pitcher.
  • v. To defeat an opponent by a decision of the judges, rather than by a knockout

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cutting off; division; detachment of a part.
  • n. The act of deciding; act of settling or terminating, as a controversy, by giving judgment on the matter at issue; determination, as of a question or doubt; settlement; conclusion.
  • n. An account or report of a conclusion, especially of a legal adjudication or judicial determination of a question or cause
  • n. The quality of being decided; prompt and fixed determination; unwavering firmness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of separating or cutting off; detachment of a part; excision.
  • n. Determination, as of a contest or an event; end, as of a struggle; arbitrament: as, the decision of a battle by arms.
  • n. Determination, as of a question or a doubt; final judgment or opinion in a case which has been under deliberation or discussion: as, the decision of the Supreme Court.
  • n. A resolution; a fixing of a purpose in the mind.
  • n. The quality of being decided; ability to form a settled purpose; prompt determination: as, a man of decision.
  • n. Decision, Determination, Resolution. Decision is the quality of being able to make up one's mind promptly, clearly, and firmly as to what shall be done and the way to do it. Determination is the settling upon some line of action with a fixed purpose to stick to it; it is somewhat nearer than the others to doggedness, and sometimes approaches obstinacy. Determination may be negative, as not to do a thing, but resolution is generally positive or active; it often implies more courage than the others, and is otherwise more high-minded. But these words are often used interchangeably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
  • n. the outcome of a game or contest
  • n. a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
  • n. the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
  • n. the act of making up your mind about something

Etymologies

Middle English decisioun, from Old French decision, from Latin dēcīsiō, dēcīsiōn-, curtailment, settlement, from dēcīsus, past participle of dēcīdere, to cut off, decide; see decide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French, from Latin decisio, decisionis, from dēcīdō ("to decide"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The word decision comes from the Latin root meaning “to cut off from.”

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  • Furthermore, your enthusiasm is, if you please, to be instantaneous, despite the fact that if the marketing department who, in all probability, will not have read your book by the time the title decision is made is mistaken about the market value of the new title, the author is invariably blamed.

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