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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FI'AT. [L. from fio.] Let it be done; a decree; a command to do something.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there" [syn: decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin, let it be done, 3d singular present subjunctive of fieri to become, be done more at be Date: circa 1631 1. a command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort 2. an authoritative determination ; dictate <a fiat of conscience> 3. an authoritative or arbitrary order ; decree <government by fiat>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an authorization. 2 a decree or order. Phrases and idioms: fiat money US inconvertible paper money made legal tender by a Government decree. Etymology: L, = let it be done

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fiat Fi"at, n. [L., let it be done, 3d pers. sing., subj. pres., fr. fieri, used as pass. of facere to make. Cf. Be.] 1. An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree. His fiat laid the corner stone. --Willis. 2. (Eng. Law) (a) A warrant of a judge for certain processes. (b) An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature. Fiat money, irredeemable paper currency, not resting on a specie basis, but deriving its purchasing power from the declaratory fiat of the government issuing it.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fiats) If something is done by fiat, it is done because of an official order given by someone in authority. (FORMAL) He has tried to impose solutions to the country's problems by fiat. N-COUNT: also by N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Decree, order, ordinance, command.

Moby Thesaurus

appointment, authority, authorization, brevet, bull, certification, clearance, countenance, declaration, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, dictum, diktat, edict, edictum, empowerment, enabling, endorsement, enfranchisement, entitlement, ipse dixit, law, ordinance, ordonnance, proclamation, pronouncement, pronunciamento, ratification, rescript, rule, ruling, sanction, senatus consult, senatus consultum, ukase, warrant, warranty



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