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 (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.]
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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]
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(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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ukase - an edict of the Russian tsarukase - an edict of the Russian tsar  
imperial decree - a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
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References in classic literature ?
The people's minds were tuned to a high pitch and this was too simple and needlessly comprehensible- it was what any one of them might have said and therefore was what an ukase emanating from the highest authority should not say.
And, like his olden nights, his ukase went forth that there should be no quarrelling nor fighting, offenders to be dealt with by him personally.
The unfortunate governor's ukase had precipitated a general debauch for all hands.
To be sure that was in the days when he hoped for leave from the dread Snigsworth to do something, or be something, in life, and before that magnificent Tartar issued the ukase, 'As he will never distinguish himself, he must be a poor gentleman-pensioner of mine, and let him hereby consider himself pensioned.'
The current leadership is reminiscent of the politburo when the Soviet Union collapsed -- continuing to issue ukases as if they were still relevant.
These ukases do not in any way require the ongoing "diversification" of nations against their peoples' wishes.
Rather, it seems that MacIntyre, in effect, accepts the claim of his rationalistic critics that the Aristotelian-Thomistic-Augustinian tradition rests in part on religious faith, but then challenges the critics of virtue ethics by asking, to speak colloquially, "What have you got?" The alternative offered amounts to a dispiriting history of ineffective and unconvincing ethical traditions that do not speak to any large segment of the educated public, except for government policymakers who find in the utilitarian criterion of greatest happiness or in deontology the belief that they are doing what is universally right, and thus a motive for their ukases, regulations, and social prescriptions.