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Word of the Day 10/09/14 Fiat

Fiat (noun)
fiat [fee-aht, -at; fahy-uh t, -at]


noun
1. an authoritative decree, sanction, or order: a royal fiat.
2. a fixed form of words containing the word fiat, by which a person in authority gives sanction, or authorization.
3. an arbitrary decree or pronouncement, especially by a person or group of persons having absolute authority to enforce it: The king ruled by fiat.

Synonyms
1. authorization, directive, ruling, mandate, diktat, ukase.

Origin: 1625-35; < Latin: let it be done, 3rd singular present subjunctive of fierī to become

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