by decree


: because of an official order
He took his position by decree of the national government.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The president’s decision to instate muerte cruzada means that Lasso can rule by decree until elections are held for a new president and legislative body. Marlon Sorto, CNN, 17 May 2023 Saied has pushed Tunisia closer to autocracy since dismissing parliament in mid-2021 and moving to rule by decree, just a decade after protesters overthrew an autocratic regime in favor of democracy. Larry Madowo, CNN, 15 Mar. 2023 Vicharra, 23, arrived in Los Angeles just 15 days after Castillo tried to dissolve Congress on Dec. 7 and rule by decree. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2023 The protesters flooded Ayacucho’s streets that day in an outpouring of anger at the impeachment and arrest of then-President Pedro Castillo for attempting to dissolve Peru’s congress and rule by decree. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2023 In Peru, the former president, Pedro Castillo, a leftist, had promised to address longstanding issues of poverty and inequality, but he was impeached and arrested in December after attempting to disband Congress and rule by decree. Julie Turkewitz Federico Rios, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2023 Peru, the fifth-most-populous nation in Latin America, has been the scene of violent demonstrations since mid-December, when the country’s leftist president, Pedro Castillo, who had promised to address longstanding issues of poverty and inequality, attempted to dissolve Congress and rule by decree. Julie Turkewitz,, 10 Jan. 2023 The civil unrest began after Castillo attempted to dissolve the country’s Congress and rule by decree on December 7. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Castillo was impeached last week after attempting to dissolve Congress and govern by decree. Arkansas Online, 17 Dec. 2022 See More

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“By decree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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