Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or having the force of a decree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or following a decree; established by a decree; judicial; definitive.
  • Critical; determining; in which there is some definitive event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Established by a decree; definitive; settled.
  • adjective Serving to determine; critical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to an authoritative decree or final judgement.

Etymologies

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From Latin dēcrētōrius ("decisive"), from dēcernō ("decide, determine").

Examples

  • If in the decretory term of the world we shall not all die but be changed, according to received translation, the last day will make but few graves; at least quick resurrections will anticipate lasting sepultures.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • But having himself some smattering skill in physic, and perceiving after the ninth day, which useth to be decretory in such cases, that the disease was no usual one nor proceeding from ordinary causes, when he stands up to speak, he waives applying himself to the soldiers, and addresseth himself as a councillor to the general, thus: —

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • And if men will not believe that there is so inexpressible a difference between them in this world, they will be forced to confess it at the last day, when the decretory sentences of, "Come, ye blessed," and "Go, ye cursed," shall be openly denounced.

    Pneumatologia

  • Saviour, as it is absolute and decretory, so it is applicable unto and equally compriseth every individual of mankind.

    Pneumatologia

  • And their sentence herein is to be declared, as the declaration of the sentence which the Head of the church and Judge of all will pronounce at the last day; only with this difference, that it is also made known that this sentence of theirs is not final or decretory, but in order to the prevention of that which will be so unless the evil be repented of.

    A Brief Instruction in the Worship of God

  • Hence our Lord Jesus Christ, giving that commission to his apostles to preach it, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,” he adds unto it that decretory sentence concerning the everlasting condition of all men with respect thereunto, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned,” Mark xvi.

    A Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity

  • If in the decretory term of the world we shall not all die but be changed, according to received translation, the last day will make but few graves; at least quick resurrections will anticipate lasting sepultures.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I

  • Having made this mental choice, God next proceeds to what Leibnitz calls his act of consequent or decretory will: he says '_Fiat_' and the world selected springs into objective being, with all the finite creatures in it to suffer from its imperfections without sharing in its creator's atoning vision.

    A Pluralistic Universe Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

  • It is proper to any word, when once spoken, to fly away beyond all possibility of a recall; but much more to every decretory word of God, which the deliberate resolutions of an infinitely wise judge have made unchangeable.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. V.

  • Let him but once come to this positive, decretory result with himself: Either I must watch, and strive, and fence against this detestable sin and temptation, or I am lost; I must fight, or I must die; resist and stand it out, or perish and sink for ever.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.

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