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1 a : the final determination of a matter (as a case or motion) by a court or quasi-judicial tribunal [the beneficiary of such a of charges against him "United States v. Smith, 354 A.2d 510 (1976)"] compare decision, holding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict
b : the sentence given to a convicted criminal defendant [probation is often a desirable "W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel"]
: the sentence given to or treatment prescribed for a juvenile offender
2 : transfer to the care, possession, or ownership of another [to either a surviving spouse or a charity, those s are totally exonerated from the payment of taxes "Matter of McKinney, 477 N.Y.S.2d 367 (1984)"]
: the power of such transferral
3 : the state or condition of being predisposed
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.