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Meaning of decided by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈsaɪdəd/


    decided ( comparative more decided, superlative most decided )

    1. determined; resolute

Explanation of decided by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. recognizable

    2. at a distinct ( or decided ) disadvantage

    Definition of decided by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Decide v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciding.] [L. decīdere; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. décider. 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.

    2. Decided 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. 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.