Meaning of fiat

fiat




You might think a fiat is just an Italian car, but it actually means a legal, authoritative decision that has absolute sanction.

From the Latin for “let it be done,” the word fiat is a binding edict issued by a person in command. It can gain an almost Biblical aura of authority, like a movie Pharaoh saying, “So let it be written, so let it be done.” So let it be a fiat.

Definitions of fiat
  1. noun

    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

    synonyms:

    decree, edict, order, rescript

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    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, prohibition, proscription

    a decree that prohibits something
    stay

    a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    bull, papal bull

    a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
    ukase

    an edict of the Russian tsar
    pragmatic, pragmatic sanction

    an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land
    stay of execution

    an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time
    banning-order

    an order that bans something
    cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment, injunction

    (law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity
    interdict, interdiction

    a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
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    act, enactment

    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

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