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Decree vs. Edict

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Main Difference

The main difference between Decree and Edict is that the Decree is a rule of law usually issued by a head of state and Edict is a announcement of a law, often associated with monarchism

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  • Decree (noun)

    An edict or law.

  • Decree (noun)

    The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.

  • Decree (noun)

    The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.

  • Decree (verb)

    To command by a decree.

    "A court decrees a restoration of property."

  • Edict (noun)

    A command.

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  • Decree (noun)

    An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru decision.

  • Decree (noun)

    A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.

  • Decree (noun)

    An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.

  • Decree

    To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a restoration of property.

  • Decree

    To ordain by fate.

  • Decree (verb)

    To make decrees; - used absolutely.

  • Edict (noun)

    A public command or ordinance by the sovereign power; the proclamation of a law made by an absolute authority, as if by the very act of announcement; a decree; as, the edicts of the Roman emperors; the edicts of the French monarch.

Webster Dictionary
  • Decree (noun)

    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);

    "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

  • Decree (verb)

    issue a decree;

    "The King only can decree"

  • Decree (verb)

    decide with authority;

    "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed"

  • Edict (noun)

    a formal or authoritative proclamation

  • Edict (noun)

    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);

    "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

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