• Decree by judicial sentence that something be done.
  • transferred sense
  • (intransitive) Distinguish; discriminate between.
  • Decide; determine; decree.
  • with infinitive or object clause
  • with simple object
  • intransitive
  • (obsolete, transitive) Distinguish or separate by their differences (things that differ, one thing from another).
  • with simple object
  • (transitive) Decree by judicial sentence. Now a technical term of Scottish judicature; the use of the word decerns being necessary to constitute a decree.
  • Decree a person etc. to be or to do something by judicial sentence.  (in the phrase “to decern in”, obsolete) To mulct in by decree of court.
  • Discern.
  • See distinctly (with the eyes or the mind); distinguish (an object or fact); discern.
  • (obsolete, transitive) Decide; determine (a matter disputed or doubtful).
  • intransitive

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