caedere

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘bring to a settlement’): from French décider, from Latin decidere ‘determine’, from de- ‘off’ + caedere ‘cut’—the source also of concise (late 16th century) literally ‘cut up’, excise (late 16th century) ‘cut out’, precise (Late Middle English) ‘cut in advance or short’, scissors, suicide (mid-17th century) ‘cut or kill yourself’, etc.

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