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A conclusion reached after an evaluation of facts and law.

As a generic term, decision refers to both administrative and judicial determinations. It includes final judgments, rulings, and inter-locutory or provisional orders made by the court pending the outcome of the case. Frequently, a decision is considered the initial step in a rendition by a court of a judgment in an action.

When referring to judicial matters, a decision is not the same as an opinion, although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. A decision is the pronouncement of the solution of the court or judgment in a case, while an opinion is a statement of the reasons for its determination made by the court.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. 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: judgment, decree, findings of fact)

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an Act of the EUROPEAN UNION that (unless it comes from the EUROPEAN COAL AND STEEL COMMUNITY (ECSC), which ceased to exist in 2002) 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. The rights and obligations arising under the international agreements concluded by the ESCS were taken over by the EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, by instrument in 2002.
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DECISION, practice. A judgment given by a competent tribunal. The French lawyers call the opinions which they give on questions propounded to them, decisions. Vide Inst. 1, 2, 8 Dig. 1, 2, 2.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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An example item was "Education: school, studying, getting good grades (e.g., delayed decisions about studying for exams, about getting a degree)." Higher scores indicated greater regret in decisional procrastination across a lifetime.
Even when he rejected a nonoriginalist decisional theory, however, he considered whether to treat the nonoriginalist results reached under that theory differently.
Two reports based on a sample of a LPC patient cohort found that increased spirituality was associated with greater decisional satisfaction, less decisional conflict, less decision-making difficulty, and less decisional regret [7, 8].
The ODSF defined decisional needs "as a gap between what is and what should be" (O'Connor et al., 2015, p.
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Identify the prevalence of decisional conflict in a cohort of patients with stage 5D CKD who receive HD via CVC access;
In Study 1, we tested for differences between the transgressor's reactions to one of four responses to a request for forgiveness condition: (1) no forgiveness (Denied); (2) maybe, but not yet (Delayed); (3) a grant of decisional, but not emotional, forgiveness (Decisional); and (4) complete forgiveness (Decisive).