de·ci·sion /di-'si-zhən/ n: an authoritative determination (as a decree or judgment) made after consideration of facts or law; also: a report or document containing such a determination see also memorandum decision compare disposition, finding, holding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict
◇ A decision, while being an authoritative determination of a disputed issue, does not have to be a final determination closing the case. Some interlocutory decisions may be appealed.
de·ci·sion·al /-zhə-nəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (election) noun choosing, judgment, pick, selection, will associated concepts: appellate decision, decision upon the merits, lower court decision II (judgment) noun choice, decree, determination, placitum, resolution, verdict III index adjudication, alternative (option), animus, arbitration, authority (documentation), award, call (option), cognovit, conclusion (determination), consequence (conclusion), conviction (finding of guilt), decree, determination, dilemma, discretion (power of choice), disposition (determination), election (choice), finding, holding (ruling of a court), judgment (discernment), judgment (formal court decree), opinion (judicial decision), outcome, poll (casting of votes), pronouncement, referendum, relief (legal redress), res judicata, result, ruling, selection (choice), sentence, verdict, volition, vote, will (desire)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A conclusion reached after considering facts and applicable law if necessary; a judicial determination or judgment. See also opinion

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

an act of the European Union that (unless it comes from the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)) is binding in its entirety on the person or persons to whom it is addressed whether member state, person or undertaking. It can be imposed by the Council of the European Union or the Commission of the European Union. It tends to be administrative in character. It can have direct effect. A decision of the ECSC is binding in its entirety and thus corresponds to a regulation under the European Communities (EC) and Euratom treaties. See Community law.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The outcome of a proceeding before a judge, arbitrator, government agency, or other legal tribunal. Decision is a general term often used interchangeably with the terms judgment or opinion. But to be precise, a judgment is the written form of the courts decision in the clerks minutes or notes, and an opinion is a document setting out the reasons for reaching the decision.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

In the context of EC law, decisions are addressed to individuals and are binding on those to whom they are directed. Decisions which have general application, such as those addressed to member states, may probably be relied on by individuals before national courts if they fulfil the conditions for direct effect. In fact, there are very few decisions of general application.
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Individual legal measure of the European Union (EU) binding in its entirety the person to whom it is addressed. Decisions are adopted either by the European Commission or by the Council of the European Union acting alone or in conjunction with the European Parliament. The most common decisions are those made by the Commission in regulating competition, addressed to and binding the individual companies concerned.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. The written determination of a court or administrative tribunal disposing of motions or claims in a case or matter before it.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A conclusion reached after an evaluation of facts and law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A conclusion reached after an evaluation of facts and law.
II The opinion of the court in concluding a case at law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   judgment, decree or determination of findings of fact and/or of law by a judge, arbitrator, court, governmental agency or other official tribunal (court).
   See also: decree, judgment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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