Definition of fiat in English:

fiat

Syllabification: fi·at
Pronunciation: /ˈfēət, ˈfēˌät
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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.

Origin

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

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