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Decision

decision n

: an authoritative determination (as a decree or judgment) made after consideration of facts or law
;also
: a report or document containing such a determination see also memorandum decision compare disposition, finding, holding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict NOTE: A decision, while being an authoritative determination of a disputed issue, does not have to be a final determination closing the case. Some interlocutory decisions may be appealed.
de·ci·sion·al [-zhə-nəl]
adj



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.