ADJ. emergency The government had the power to legislate by emergency decree independently of Parliament. | papal, presidential, royal | court
VERB + DECREE adopt, issue, pass, publish The president issued a decree prohibiting trade unions. | sign | enforce Local inspectors helped enforce presidential decrees. | revoke | defy 10,000 demonstrators defied the decree and gathered in the square. | govern by, legislate by, rule by The general will rule by decree until a general election.
PREP. in a/the ~ In an emergency decree, the government banned all rallies. | ~ on a decree on property rights