ETYM Old Eng. andsware, AS. andswaru; and against + swerian to swear. Related to Anti-, and Swear, un-.
1. The speech act of replying to a question.
2. A statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; SYN. reply, response.
3. A nonverbal reaction.
4. The principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of 'guilty' or 'not guilty' (or nolo contendere).
ETYM Cf. French arrangement.
1. An orderly grouping (of things or persons).
2. An organized structure for arranging or classifying; SYN. organization, organisation, system.
3. Something made by arranging ordered parts together; the result of arranging.
4. The act of arranging a piece of music; SYN. arranging.
conclusion / kənkluːʒn̩ /
1. A reasoned judgment; inference
2. The necessary consequence of two or more propositions taken as premises; especially; the inferred proposition of a syllogism
3. The last part of something: as result, outcome
4. plural; trial of strength or skill — used in the phrase try conclusions
5. A final summation
6. The final decision in a law case
7. The final part of a pleading in law
8. An act or instance of concluding
ETYM Latin decisio, from decîdere, decisum: cf. French décision. Related to Decide.
1. The act of making up one's mind about something; SYN. determination, conclusion.
2. A position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration; SYN. determination, conclusion.
3. (Boxing) A victory won on points when no knockout has occurred.
4. The outcome of a game or contest.
ETYM Old Eng. decre, French décret, from Latin decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. Related to Certain, Decreet, Decretal.
A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); SYN. edict, fiat, order, rescript.
ETYM Latin determinatio boundary, end: cf. French détermination.
1. The act of determining the properties of something; SYN. finding.
2. The quality of being determined to do or achieve something; SYN. purpose.
ETYM Old Eng. solucion, Old Fren. solucion, French solution, from Latin solutio, from solvere, solutum, to loosen, dissolve. Related to Solve.
1. A method for solving a problem.
2. A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; SYN. answer, result, resolution.
3. The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation; SYN. root.