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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fiat mean? 

FIAT (noun)
  The noun FIAT has 1 sense:

1. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

  Familiarity information: FIAT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FIAT (noun)

Sense 1fiat [BACK TO TOP]


A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


decree; fiat; edict; rescript; order

Context example:

a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there

Hypernyms ("fiat" is a kind of...):

act; enactment (a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fiat"):

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)

curfew (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)

programma (an edict that has been publicly posted)

ban; prohibition; proscription (a decree that prohibits something)

stay (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))

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