by decree


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

Examples of by decree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the absence of a legislative assembly, Abbas has ruled by decree for 15 years. Raja Khalidi, Foreign Affairs, 19 Mar. 2024 She was partly obscured by construction, then whitewashed for advertising space, restored by decree and killed off again by ugly graffiti. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Brazilian presidents can issue provisional legislation by decree (although all laws must eventually be approved by Congress), dislodge pending legislation from congressional committees, force Congress to vote on urgent measures, and veto bills in part or in whole. Eduardo Mello, Foreign Affairs, 1 Sep. 2016 At the time, Moïse was ruling by decree and facing growing opposition protests. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 But nothing is proceeding as normal because the new liberal government is behaving as if the last eight years have been entirely an aberration, to be annulled by decree rather than reformed by law. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 Saied embarked on a major power grab in 2021, ousting the government, dissolving parliament, and deciding to rule by decree. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 Hours earlier, her unpopular and hapless predecessor, leftist President Pedro Castillo, had tried to shut down the Peruvian Congress and rule by decree. Will Freeman, Foreign Affairs, 20 Jan. 2023 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

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“By decree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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