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fiat Syllabification: fi·at
Pronunciation: /ˈfēˌät/

Definition of fiat in English:


1A formal authorization or proposition; a decree: adopting a legislative review program, rather than trying to regulate by fiat
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  • As the Law Reform Commission report records, there was some research into the number of fiats granted and there are a regular number of fiats.
  • There is omnipresent resentment at their presence in the classroom, mess halls, in the evaluation process, assignment of research topics, and not least, administrative fiats.
  • Executive fiats and judicial indifference are the hallmarks of a decaying democracy.
1.1An arbitrary order: the appraisal dropped the value from $75,000 to $15,000, rendering it worthless by bureaucratic fiat
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  • In the United States, emergency room service works by queuing, the allocation of scarce vaccine is by bureaucratic fiat.
  • It was created virtually by dictatorial fiat and remains in existence by virtual dictatorial fiat.


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'let it be done', from fieri 'be done or made'.

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