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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decision  \De*ci"sion\,  n.  [L.  decisio,  fr  dec[=i]dere,  decisum: 
  cf  F.  d['e]cision.  See  {Decide}.] 
  1.  Cutting  off  division;  detachment  of  a  part  [Obs.]  --Bp. 
  Pearson. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  deciding;  act  of  settling  or  terminating,  as  a 
  controversy,  by  giving  judgment  on  the  matter  at  issue; 
  determination,  as  of  a  question  or  doubt;  settlement; 
  conclusion. 
 
  The  decision  of  some  dispute.  --Atterbury. 
 
  3.  An  account  or  report  of  a  conclusion,  especially  of  a 
  legal  adjudication  or  judicial  determination  of  a  question 
  or  cause  as  a  decision  of  arbitrators;  a  decision  of  the 
  Supreme  Court. 
 
  4.  The  quality  of  being  decided;  prompt  and  fixed 
  determination;  unwavering  firmness;  as  to  manifest  great 
  decision. 
 
  Syn:  {Decision},  {Determination},  {Resolution}. 
 
  Usage:  Each  of  these  words  has  two  meanings,  one  implying  the 
  act  of  deciding,  determining,  or  resolving;  and  the 
  other  a  habit  of  mind  as  to  doing  It  is  in  the  last 
  sense  that  the  words  are  here  compared.  Decision  is  a 
  cutting  short.  It  implies  that  several  courses  of 
  action  have  been  presented  to  the  mind,  and  that  the 
  choice  is  now  finally  made  It  supposes,  therefore,  a 
  union  of  promptitude  and  energy.  Determination  is  the 
  natural  consequence  of  decision.  It  is  the  settling  of 
  a  thing  with  a  fixed  purpose  to  adhere.  Resolution  is 
  the  necessary  result  in  a  mind  which  is  characterized 
  by  firmness.  It  is  a  spirit  which  scatters  (resolves) 
  all  doubt,  and  is  ready  to  face  danger  or  suffering  in 
  carrying  out  one's  determinations.  Martin  Luther  was 
  equally  distinguished  for  his  prompt  decision,  his 
  steadfast  determination,  and  his  inflexible 
  resolution. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decision 
  n  1:  the  act  of  making  up  your  mind  about  something  "the  burden 
  of  decision  was  his";  "he  drew  his  conclusions  quickly" 
  [syn:  {determination},  {conclusion}] 
  2:  a  position  or  opinion  or  judgment  reached  after 
  consideration:  "a  decision  unfavorable  to  the  opposition"; 
  "his  conclusion  took  the  evidence  into  accout";  "satisfied 
  with  the  panel's  determination"  [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}] 




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