adjective Date: circa 1631 relating to or fixed by a decree or decision

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  • Decretory — Dec re*to*ry, a. [L. decretorius, from decretum. See {Decree}.] 1. Established by a decree; definitive; settled. [1913 Webster] The decretory rigors of a condemning sentence. South. [1913 Webster] 2. Serving to determine; critical. The critical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decretory — index declaratory, decretal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • decretory — [di krēt′ivdek′rə tôr΄ē, di krēt′ə rē] adj. [L decretorius] 1. settled by a decree 2. having the nature or force of a decree: also decretive [di krēt′iv] …   English World dictionary

  • decretory — ˈdekrə̇ˌtōrē, ˌtȯr , ri; də̇ˈkrēd.ər , dēˈ , ētə adjective Etymology: Latin decretorius, from decretus (past participle of decernere to decide) + orius ory more at decree 1. archaic : serving to determine : decisive …   Useful english dictionary

  • decretory — /dek ri tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or following a decree. 2. established by a decree; judicial. [1570 80; < L decretorius decisive, crucial, equiv. to decre , var. s. of decernere (see DECERN, DECREE) + torious TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • decretory — Synonyms and related words: absolute, binding, commanding, compelling, compulsory, conclusive, decisive, decretal, decretive, dictated, dictating, directive, entailed, final, hard and fast, imperative, imposed, instructive, irrevocable, jussive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • decretory — adj. pertaining to a decree; judicial …   English contemporary dictionary

  • decretory — dec·re·to·ry …   English syllables

  • decretory — dec•re•to•ry [[t]ˈdɛk rɪˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] adj. 1) pertaining to a decree 2) established by a decree; judicial • Etymology: 1570–80; < L dēcrētōrius decisive, crucial =dēcrē , var. s. of dēcernere (see decree) + tōrious tory I …   From formal English to slang

  • decretory — /ˈdɛkrətəri/ (say dekruhtuhree), / tri/ (say tree) adjective 1. relating to or following a decree. 2. established by a decree; judicial …   Australian English dictionary

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