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English definition of “consent decree”

consent decree

noun [C]    
LAW in the US, an official legal judgement that describes an agreement that has been made by the two sides in a particular legal case. This often involves one side agreeing to end legal action if particular things are done by the other side: The consent decree requires the company to prepare, submit and implement plans for environmentally sound methods of waste disposal.
(Definition of consent decree noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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