(dĕk′rĭ-tôr′ē, dĭ-krē′tə-rē)
Of, relating to, or having the force of a decree.
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1. characterized by making an absolute and final decision
2. obsolete a variant (obsolete) of decretive
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(ˈdɛk rɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

1. pertaining to a decree.
2. established by a decree; judicial.
[1570–80; < Latin dēcrētōrius decisive, crucial =dēcrē-, variant s. of dēcernere (see decree) + -tōrious -tory1]
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(243) The First Circuit recognized this factual distinction, but refused to accord it "decretory significance." (244) A close reading of Raich, however, reveals that it was exactly the characteristics of a fungible commodity that, in the Supreme Court's opinion, provided Congress with the rational basis to reach its conclusion about the CSA's breadth.