What does the word decree mean?

Usage examples for decree

  1. " Then I ask, is this the decree of the Council of Pharaoh and of the people of Egypt? – Moon of Israel by H. Rider Haggard
  2. God may not decree this, but He may perhaps allow it if the will of the nations and the princes should not be strong enough to set bounds to such mischief. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach