\dɪsˈa͡ɪsɪv ˈə͡ʊθ], \dɪsˈaɪsɪv ˈəʊθ], \d_ɪ_s_ˈaɪ_s_ɪ_v ˈəʊ_θ]\
Definitions of DECISIVE OATH
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In the civil law. Where one of the parties to a suit, not being able to prove his charge, offered to refer the decision of the cause to the oath of his adversary. which the adversary was bound to accept, or tender the same proposal back again, otherwise the whole was taken as confessed by him. Cod. 4. 1, 12.
By Henry Campbell Black