Definitions for: Decision


[n] the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly"
[n] the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose; "a man of unusual decisiveness"
[n] a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration; "a decision unfavorable to the opposition"; "his conclusion took the evidence into account"; "satisfied with the panel's determination"
[n] the outcome of a game or contest; "the team dropped three decisions in a row"
[n] (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; "had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*ci"sion, n. [L. decisio, fr. dec[=i]dere, decisum:
cf. F. d['e]cision. See Decide.]
1. Cutting off; division; detachment of a part. [Obs.] --Bp.
Pearson.

2. 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.

The decision of some dispute. --Atterbury.

3. An account or report of a conclusion, especially of a
legal adjudication or judicial determination of a question
or cause; as, a decision of arbitrators; a decision of the
Supreme Court.

4. The quality of being decided; prompt and fixed
determination; unwavering firmness; as, to manifest great
decision.

Syn: Decision, Determination, Resolution.

Usage: Each of these words has two meanings, one implying the
act of deciding, determining, or resolving; and the
other a habit of mind as to doing. It is in the last
sense that the words are here compared. Decision is a
cutting short. It implies that several courses of
action have been presented to the mind, and that the
choice is now finally made. It supposes, therefore, a
union of promptitude and energy. Determination is the
natural consequence of decision. It is the settling of
a thing with a fixed purpose to adhere. Resolution is
the necessary result in a mind which is characterized
by firmness. It is a spirit which scatters (resolves)
all doubt, and is ready to face danger or suffering in
carrying out one's determinations. Martin Luther was
equally distinguished for his prompt decision, his
steadfast determination, and his inflexible
resolution.

Synonyms: conclusion, conclusion, decisiveness, determination, determination

Antonyms: indecision, indecisiveness

See Also: appointment, assignment, call, casting lots, choice, designation, drawing lots, final result, firmness, judgement, judgment, mind, move, naming, option, outcome, pick, predeterminaation, resoluteness, resolution, resolution, resolve, result, resultant, selection, sortition, split decision, termination

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