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fi·at

 (fē′ət, -ăt′, -ät′, fī′ăt′, -ət)
n.
1. An arbitrary order or decree.
2. Authorization or sanction: government fiat.

[Medieval Latin, from Latin, let it be done, third person sing. present subjunctive of fierī, to become, to be done; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

fiat

(ˈfaɪət; -æt)
n
1. official sanction; authoritative permission
2. an arbitrary order or decree
3. chiefly literary any command, decision, or act of will that brings something about
[C17: from Latin, literally: let it be done, from fierī to become]

fi•at

(ˈfi ɑt, -æt; ˈfaɪ ət, -æt)

n.
1. an authoritative decree, sanction, or order: a royal fiat.
2. an arbitrary decree or pronouncement, esp. by a person or group of persons having absolute authority to enforce it: to rule by fiat.
[1625–35; < Latin: let it be done]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fiat - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)fiat - 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"
act, enactment - a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
consent decree - an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
curfew - an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
decree nisi - a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
imperial decree - a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
judicial separation, legal separation - a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
programma - an edict that has been publicly posted
ban, proscription, prohibition - a decree that prohibits something
stay - a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted; "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
papal bull, bull - a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

fiat

noun order, demand, command, dictate, decree, mandate, canon, ordinance, proclamation, edict, dictum, precept, ukase He has imposed solutions by fiat.
Translations

fiat

[ˈfaɪæt] Nfíat m, autorización f

fiat

n
(= decree)Befehl m, → Erlass m, → Anordnung f; nothing can be done by fiatnichts geschieht so einfach auf Befehl
(= authorization)Billigung f, → Plazet nt

fiat

[ˈfaɪət] n (frm) → ordine m
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The reflection that the fate of a fellow-creature depended on his sole fiat, would naturally inspire scrupulousness and caution; the dread of being accused of weakness or connivance, would beget equal circumspection, though of a different kind.
By these and similar exploits, he made himself the pride and boast of his people, and became popular among them, notwithstanding his death-denouncing fiat.
Sully-Prudhomme, hear a penal sentence in the fiat, "You shall be born," particularly if addressed to potential issue of hers.
Then I read it," said Hippolyte, in the tone of one bowing to the fiat of destiny.
When he had written, Misce fiat Hanstus (instead of Mix a Draught)--when he had added, Ter die Sumendus (instead of To be taken Three times a day)--and when he had certified to his own Latin, by putting his initials at the end, he had only to make his bow; to slip two guineas into his pocket; and to go his way, with an approving professional conscience, in the character of a physician who had done his duty.
On getting home, after three sleepless nights, Vronsky, without undressing, lay down fiat on the sofa, clasping his hands and laying his head on them.
said very much to his credit that he was perfectly aware of it and even preferred that state of things accordingly the word was spoken the fiat went forth and such is life you see my dear and yet we do not break but bend, pray make a good breakfast while I go in with the tray.
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