AskDefine | Define decision

Dictionary Definition



1 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" [syn: determination, conclusion]
2 the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly" [syn: determination, conclusion]
3 (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; "had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent"
4 the outcome of a game or contest; "the team dropped three decisions in a row"
5 the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose; "a man of unusual decisiveness" [syn: decisiveness] [ant: indecisiveness, indecisiveness]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • from Middle French, in turn from Latin decisio, decisionis, from decidere meaning "to decide".



  1. A choice or judgement.
    It is the decision of the court that spoiling the endings of movies is protected as free speech.
    It's a tough decision, but I'll take vanilla.
  2. Firmness of conviction.
    After agonizing deliberations, they finally proceeded with decision.
  3. A result arrived at by the judges (cf. knockout)
    He has won twice by knockout, once by decision.

Usage notes

Sense 2. To decide something is usually to make or take a decision.

Derived terms

Related terms


choice or judgement
  • Czech: rozhodnutí
  • German: Entscheidung, Beschluss
  • Russian: решение, урегулирование,

Extensive Definition

The term decision may refer to:

See also

decision in German: Entscheidung
decision in Esperanto: Decido
decision in Spanish: Decisión
decision in French: Décision
decision in Indonesian: Keputusan
decision in Italian: Decisione
decision in Dutch: Besluit
decision in Polish: Decyzja
decision in Simple English: Decision
decision in Swedish: Beslut
decision in Chinese: 理性决策

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1