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fiat

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noun fi·at \ˈfē-ət, -ˌat, -ˌät; ˈfī-ət, -ˌat\

Simple Definition of fiat

  • : an official order given by someone who has power : an order that must be followed

Full Definition of fiat

  1. 1 :  a command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort

  2. 2 :  an authoritative determination :  dictate <a fiat of conscience>

  3. 3 :  an authoritative or arbitrary order :  decree <government by fiat>

Examples of fiat

  1. He runs the company by fiat.

  2. <the school principal issued a fiat that caps were not to be worn inside the school, and that was that>



Origin of fiat

Latin, let it be done, 3d singular present subjunctive of fieri to become, be done — more at be


First Known Use: circa 1631



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