Quick answer
"Decreto" is a noun which is often translated as "decree", and "acta" is a noun which is often translated as "record". Learn more about the difference between "decreto" and "acta" below.
decreto(
deh
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kreh
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. decree
El gobierno emitió un decreto que regula la pornografía.The government issued a decree regulating pornography.
b. order
El Instituto Nacional se creó formalmente el 8 de diciembre de 1935 por decreto presidencial.The National Institute was formally created on December 8, 1935 by presidential decree.
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acta(
ahk
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tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (evidence)
a. record
Ellos querían que lo que mencionaron durante la junta se constara en acta.They wanted what they mentioned during the meeting to be placed on record.
b. minutes
Durante cada junta, el secretario levanta acta.During each meeting, the secretary takes the minutes.
2. (document)
a. certificate
Mi nuevo empleo quiere que yo traiga una copia de mi acta de nacimiento.My new job wants me to bring a copy of my birth certificate.
3. (accord)
a. agreement
Según el acta, Ana no puede discutir el incidente con ninguna parte externa.According to the agreement, Ana cannot discuss the incident with any outside parties.
4. (legal)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. act
El Acta de Derechos Civiles cambió el clima cultural de los EE. UU. para siempre.The Civil Rights Act changed the cultural climate in the U.S. forever.
b. charter
Los administradores han pactado a dirigir la empresa de acuerdo con el acta.The trustees have agreed to manage the company in accordance with the charter.
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