1. the act or process of deciding; determination, as of a question or doubt, by making a judgment: They must make a decision between these two contestants.
  2. the act of or need for making up one’s mind: This is a difficult decision.
  3. something that is decided; resolution: She made a poor decision when she dropped out of school.
  4. a judgment, as one formally pronounced by a court: It is the decision of this court that the appeal is granted.
  5. the quality of being decided; firmness: He spoke with decision and calm authority.
  6. the final score in any sport or contest: The decision was 5 to 4 in favor of the home team.
  7. Boxing. the awarding of a victory in a match not decided by a knockout or technical knockout, usually through a vote of the referee and judges.

verb (used with object)

  1. Boxing. to win a victory over (one’s opponent) by a point score rather than a knockout.


  1. a judgment, conclusion, or resolution reached or given; verdict
  2. the act of making up one’s mind
  3. firmness of purpose or character; determination

mid-15c., from Middle French d├ęcision (14c.), from Latin decisionem (nominative decisio) “a decision, settlement, agreement,” noun of action from past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Decision making (adjective, also decision-making) is recorded from 1953.

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