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

    A decree; a law.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. A species of imperial constitution, being a judgment or sentence given by the emperor upon hearing of a cause, (quod imperator cognoscens decrevit.) Inst 1, 2, 6. In canon law. An ecclesiastical law, in contradistinction to a secular law, (lex.) 1 Mackeld. Civll Law, p. 81, § 93, (Kaufmaim's note.)