Definition - Noun
1 a  : the final determination of a matter (as a case or motion) by a court or quasi-judicial tribunal <the beneficiary of such a ~ of charges against him ­United States v. Smith, 354 A.2d 510 (1976)>
compare decision holding judgment opinion ruling verdict
b  : the sentence given to a convicted criminal defendant <probation is often a desirable ~ ­W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel>
: the sentence given to or treatment prescribed for a juvenile offender
2  : transfer to the care, possession, or ownership of another <to either a surviving spouse or a charity, those ~s are totally exonerated from the payment of taxes ­Matter of McKinney, 477 N.Y.S.2d 367 (1984)>
: the power of such transferral
3  : the state or condition of being predisposed
: See also predisposition

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