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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decided  \De*cid"ed\,  a. 
  1.  Free  from  ambiguity;  unequivocal;  unmistakable; 
  unquestionable;  clear;  evident;  as  a  decided  advantage. 
  ``A  more  decided  taste  for  science.''  --Prescott. 
 
  2.  Free  from  doubt  or  wavering;  determined;  of  fixed  purpose; 
  fully  settled;  positive;  resolute;  as  a  decided  opinion 
  or  purpose. 
 
  Syn:  {Decided},  {Decisive}. 
 
  Usage:  We  call  a  thing  decisive  when  it  has  the  power  or 
  quality  of  deciding;  as  a  decisive  battle;  we  speak 
  of  it  as  decided  when  it  is  so  fully  settled  as  to 
  leave  no  room  for  doubt;  as  a  decided  preference,  a 
  decided  aversion.  Hence  a  decided  victory  is  one 
  about  which  there  is  no  question;  a  decisive  victory 
  is  one  which  ends  the  contest.  Decisive  is  applied 
  only  to  things  as  a  decisive  sentence,  a  decisive 
  decree,  a  decisive  judgment.  Decided  is  applied 
  equally  to  persons  and  things  Thus  we  speak  of  a  man 
  as  decided  in  his  whole  of  conduct;  and  as  having  a 
  decided  disgust,  or  a  decided  reluctance,  to  certain 
  measures.  ``A  politic  caution,  a  guarded 
  circumspection,  were  among  the  ruling  principles  of 
  our  forefathers  in  their  most  decided  conduct.'' 
  --Burke.  ``The  sentences  of  superior  judges  are  final, 
  decisive,  and  irrevocable.  --Blackstone. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decide  \De*cide"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Decided};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Deciding}.]  [L.  dec[=i]dere;  de-  +  caedere  to  cut,  cut 
  off  prob.  akin  to  E.  shed,  v.:  cf  F.  d['e]cider.  Cf 
  {Decision}.] 
  1.  To  cut  off  to  separate.  [Obs.] 
 
  Our  seat  denies  us  traffic  here  The  sea,  too  near 
  decides  us  from  the  rest.  --Fuller. 
 
  2.  To  bring  to  a  termination,  as  a  question,  controversy, 
  struggle,  by  giving  the  victory  to  one  side  or  party;  to 
  render  judgment  concerning;  to  determine;  to  settle. 
 
  So  shall  thy  judgment  be  thyself  hast  decided  it 
  --1  Kings  xx 
  40. 
 
  The  quarrel  toucheth  none  but  us  alone;  Betwixt 
  ourselves  let  us  decide  it  then.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decided 
  adj  :  recognizable;  marked;  "noticed  a  distinct  improvement";  "at 
  a  distinct  (or  decided)  disadvantage"  [syn:  {distinct}] 




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