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u·kase(yo͞o′kās′, -kāz′, yo͞o-kās′, -kāz′)
1. An authoritative order or decree; an edict.
2. A proclamation of a czar having the force of law in imperial Russia.
[French, from Russian ukaz, decree, from Old Church Slavonic ukazŭ, a showing, proof : u-, at, to + kazati, to point out, show.]
1. (Historical Terms) (in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a rare word for edict
[C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command]
u•kase(yuˈkeɪs, -ˈkeɪz, ˈyu keɪs, -keɪz)
1. (in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
2. any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.
[1720–30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, n. derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign]