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 for decision
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Decision \De*ci"sion\, n. [L. decisio, fr. dec[imac]dere,
     decisum: cf. F. d['e]cision. See Decide.]
     1. Cutting off; division; detachment of a part. [Obs.] --Bp.
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     2. The act of deciding; act of settling or terminating, as a
        controversy, by giving judgment on the matter at issue;
        determination, as of a question or doubt; settlement;
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              The decision of some dispute.         --Atterbury.
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     3. An account or report of a conclusion, especially of a
        legal adjudication or judicial determination of a question
        or cause; as, a decision of arbitrators; a decision of the
        Supreme Court.
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     4. The quality of being decided; prompt and fixed
        determination; unwavering firmness; as, to manifest great
     Syn: Decision, Determination, Resolution.
     Usage: Each of these words has two meanings, one implying the
            act of deciding, determining, or resolving; and the
            other a habit of mind as to doing. It is in the last
            sense that the words are here compared. Decision is a
            cutting short. It implies that several courses of
            action have been presented to the mind, and that the
            choice is now finally made. It supposes, therefore, a
            union of promptitude and energy. Determination is the
            natural consequence of decision. It is the settling of
            a thing with a fixed purpose to adhere. Resolution is
            the necessary result in a mind which is characterized
            by firmness. It is a spirit which scatters (resolves)
            all doubt, and is ready to face danger or suffering in
            carrying out one's determinations. Martin Luther was
            equally distinguished for his prompt decision, his
            steadfast determination, and his inflexible
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden
           of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly"
           [syn: decision, determination, conclusion]
      2: a position or opinion or judgment reached after
         consideration; "a decision unfavorable to the opposition";
         "his conclusion took the evidence into account"; "satisfied
         with the panel's determination" [syn: decision,
         determination, conclusion]
      3: (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has
         occurred; "had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision
         over his opponent"
      4: the outcome of a game or contest; "the team dropped three
         decisions in a row"
      5: the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of
         character or purpose; "a man of unusual decisiveness" [syn:
         decisiveness, decision] [ant: indecision,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  109 Moby Thesaurus words for "decision":
     accommodation, accord, acquittal, action, adjustment, agreement,
     alternativity, animus, appetence, appetency, appetite, arbitration,
     arrangement, award, backbone, choice, choosing, co-optation,
     co-option, command, commitment, compromise, conation, conatus,
     conclusion, condemnation, consideration, decidedness, decisiveness,
     decree, dedication, definiteness, deliverance, desire,
     determinateness, determination, determinedness, devotion,
     diagnosis, dictum, discretion, disposition, doggedness, doom,
     earnestness, election, fancy, finding, firmness, first choice,
     fortitude, free choice, free will, grit, inclination, intention,
     judgement, judgment, landmark decision, liking, lust, mind,
     objective, obstinacy, order, outcome, passion, penalty,
     perseverance, persistence, pick, pleasure, pluck, precedent,
     preference, preoption, prognosis, pronouncement, purpose,
     purposefulness, reconciliation, relentlessness, resoluteness,
     resolution, resolve, resolvedness, resolving, ruling, selection,
     self-will, sentence, seriousness, settlement, settling,
     sexual desire, sincerity, single-mindedness, steadfastness,
     stubbornness, tenacity, the pick, total commitment, understanding,
     velleity, verdict, volition, will, will power, wish

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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. 

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