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fiat


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fiat 
  n  :  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},  {order},  {rescript}] 




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