Meaning of 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)


    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

    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

    an edict that has been publicly posted
    ban, prohibition, proscription

    a decree that prohibits something

    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)

    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

    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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