from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.
- n. A formal pronouncement or command.
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- n. a proclamation of law or other authoritative command
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A public command or ordinance by the sovereign power; the proclamation of a law made by an absolute authority, as if by the very act of announcement; a decree
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A decree or law promulgated by a sovereign prince or ruler on his sole authority; hence, any analogous order or command.
- n. Specifically In Roman law, a decree or ordinance of a pretor.
- n. In Scotch ecclesiastical use, a church proclamation; specifically, a notice to show cause, if any, why a pastor or elders should not be ordained.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a formal or authoritative proclamation
- n. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
Latin ēdictum, from neuter past participle of ēdīcere, to declare : ē-, ex-, ex- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)