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decree

Technically,the judgment of a court of equity.Today,states have abolished the distinctions between courts of law,which followed fairly strict rules of law and awarded damages to injured parties, and courts of equity, which generally tried to do what was fair and just (equitable) and issued decrees to people ordering them to do something,or to stop doing something.Causes of action are grounded in law or equity,but the same court and same judge now hear everything.

References in classic literature ?
These two daring explorers then reembarked for England; and the Geographical Society of Paris decreed them its annual prize medal.
After the example of his illustrious fellow-countryman, the Marquis de la Fayette, the government had decreed to him the title of "Citizen of the United States of America.
From the former of these, he derived an agreeable person, a sound constitution, a solid understanding, and a benevolent heart; by the latter, he was decreed to the inheritance of one of the largest estates in the county.
Pardoned Individuals: Amnesty Decree a Chance to Not Repeat Mistakes against Country and Citizens A number of the people released according to the amnesty decreed said that the decree is chance for returning to society and not repeat what they did before, hoping for security and safety to be restored to Syria.
Bliss, the court-appointed special master who calls the shots at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, decreed that the MTA must purchase some 145 new buses this year, at an estimated annual cost of $40 million.