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decide against (someone or something)

1. To choose not to accept someone. Yes, Holly was a strong candidate, but we ultimately decided against her for the job.
2. To choose not to do something. I was so tired that I decided against going out with my friends tonight.
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decide among (someone or something)

To choose someone or something from three or more options. We've had so many good candidates for the job that I'm having a very hard time deciding among them.
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decide between (someone or something)

To choose someone or something when given two options. Holly and Jack are both such good candidates for the job that I'm having a hard time deciding between them.
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decide for (someone or something)

To rule favorably for someone or something. My client will almost certainly go to jail if the judge doesn't decide for him.
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decide in favor of (someone or something)

To rule favorably for someone or something. My client will almost certainly go to jail if the judge doesn't decide in favor of him.
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decide on (someone or something)

To choose someone or something, usually after a period of deliberation. Yes, Holly was a strong candidate, but we ultimately decided on someone else for the job opening. After agonizing over the menu, I finally decided on mint chocolate chip ice cream.
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decide against someone or something

to rule against someone or something; to make a judgment against someone or something. We decided against Tom and chose Larry instead. Jane decided against the supplier.
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decide among (someone and someone else)

 and decide among (something and something else)
to choose from three or more people; to choose from three or more things. I couldn't decide among all the choices on the menu. I will decide among Fred, Tom, and Alice.
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decide between (someone and someone else)

 and decide between (something and something else)
to choose one from two people; to choose one from two things. I could not decide between Tom and Wally. We could not decide between those two.
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decide for someone or something

to rule in favor of someone or something; to make a judgment for someone or something. The jury decided for the plaintiff. The judge decided for me.
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decide in favor of someone or something

to determine that someone or something is the winner. The judge decided in favor of the defendant. I decided in favor of the red one.
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decide (up)on someone or something

to choose someone or something; to make a judgment about some aspect of someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Will you please hurry up and decide upon someone to vote for? I decided on chocolate.
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decide on

or decide upon
v.
To choose something or someone after deliberation: We decided on green as the color for the nursery. I've decided upon the red shoes; you can put the black ones back.
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We have presented DECA and that they are fully decidable, and that their language inclusion problem are PSPACE-complete and EXPSPACE-complete.
A data model is a language with a decidable homomorphism to an algebra including at least one relation.
P is the class of languages associated with problems that are decidable in polynomial time on a deterministic single-tape Turing machine.
Furthermore, Salerno points out, intuitionists (and antirealist metaphysicians are typically intuitionistic logicians) typically do not wish to be committed to the claim that every sentence is decidable.
Decidable fragments of first-order temporal logics.
In particular, he holds that although some decidable propositions have a determinate truth-value (and thus sustain bivalence) even when it has not in fact been established, many propositions are such that they come to be true only when their truth is established.
Just as the painting is burnt and the signification of the victim-perpetrator and guilt-shame discourses is erased, the text itself merely offers a void of decidable truth, or represents the very act of deconstruction of truth and meaning.
She shows that Boccaccio's and Apuleius's literary depictions of love and sex prove too complex to reduce to any one decidable, "normative" view, and thus, they challenge the validity of streamlining historical accounts that suggest a progression from one "normative" identity to another.
A Hermeneutic reading of the text has to take this process based on the Gadamerian concept of understanding into consideration, but its repercussion is purely post-structuralist, as there is no decidable meaning and/or ending.
In order to fully derive the meanings of the DVRs, the underspecification must be decidable without access to the syntactic context.
Seizing upon a fragment surrounded by quotation marks in one of Nietzsche's unpublished manuscripts--"I have forgotten my umbrella"--Derrida observes that we cannot know Nietzsche's intention:</p> <pre> Because it is structurally liberated from any living meaning, it is always possible that it means nothing at all or that it has no decidable meaning.
We do not impose general restrictions on the expressiveness of the ontology language; however, we require the availability of two decidable reasoning services: satisfiability of a conjunctive query, and containment test of two conjunctive queries, both w.
As a consequence, a context is a Boolean frame of reference so that within one and the same context all properties are compatible and all experimental questions are simultaneously decidable.
Reading Benjamin's essay, Jacques Derrida offers that divine violence, "does not lend itself to any human determination, to any knowledge or decidable 'certainty' on our part.
All this, of course, under the cloak of "value freedom" according to which matters of ultimate ends are inherently "irrational" and thus not decidable by rational argument.