(De*cerp") v. t. [L. decerpere; de- + carpere to pluck.] To pluck off; to crop; to gather. [Obs.]
(De*cerpt") a. [L. decerptus, p. p. of decerpere.] Plucked off or away. [Obs.]
(De*cerp"ti*ble) a. That may be plucked off, cropped, or torn away. [Obs.] Bailey.
1. The act of plucking off; a cropping.
2. That which is plucked off or rent away; a fragment; a piece. Glanvill.
(De`cer*ta"tion) n. [L. decertatio, fr. decertare, decertatum; de- + certare to contend.]
Contest for mastery; contention; strife. [R.] Arnway.
(De*ces"sion) n. [L. decessio, fr. decedere to depart. See Decease, n.] Departure; decrease;
opposed to accesion. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
(De*charm") v. t. [Cf. F. décharmer. See Charm.] To free from a charm; to disenchant.
(De*chris"tian*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dechristianized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dechristianizing.]
To turn from, or divest of, Christianity.
(De*cid"a*ble) a. Capable of being decided; determinable.
(De*cide") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciding.] [L. decidere; 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;Fuller.
The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.
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;Shak.
Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
(De*cide"), v. i. To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as,
the court decided in favor of the defendant.
Who shall decide, when doctors disagree?Pope.
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.