1. A conclusion or judgment reached after consideration: Have you come to a decision yet?
2. The act of reaching a conclusion or of passing of judgment on an issue under consideration: The judges' decision is taking a long time.
3. Firmness of character or action; determination: Is he a man of decision?
4. Sports A victory won on points in boxing when no knockout has occurred or in wrestling when no fall has occurred.
5. Baseball A win or loss accorded to a pitcher: has four wins in six decisions.
tr.v. de·ci·sioned, de·ci·sion·ing, de·ci·sions
To defeat by a decision, as in boxing: decisioned his opponent in the third round.
[Middle English decisioun, from Old French decision, from Latin dēcīsiō, dēcīsiōn-, curtailment, settlement, from dēcīsus, past participle of dēcīdere, to cut off, decide; see DECIDE.]
Synonyms: decision, conclusion, determination
These nouns denote a position, opinion, or judgment reached after consideration: a decision unfavorable to the opposition; came to the conclusion not to proceed; satisfied with the panel's determination.
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