Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The judgment of the court. See 13 Cal. 24, 73 Am. Dec. 565.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. A judgment or decree pronounced by a court in settlement of a controversy submitted to it and by way of authoritative answer to the questions raised before it. Adams v. Railroad Ch, 77 Miss. 194, 24 South. 317, 60 L. R. A. 33; Board of Education v. State, 7 Kan. App. 620, 52 Pac. 466; Halbert v. Alford (Tex.) 16 S. W. 814. "Decision" is not synonymous with "opinion." A decision of. the court is its Judgment; the opinion is the reasons given for that judgment. Houston v. Willlams, 13 Cal. 27, 73 Am. Dec. 565; Craig v. Bennett, 158 Ind. 9, 62 N. E. 273.