Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A command that something be done; specifically, an absolute and efficient command proceeding from, or as if from, divine or creative power.
  • noun In English law, a short order or warrant of some judge for making out and allowing certain processes, given by his subscribing the words fiat ut petitur, ‘let it be done as is asked.’
  • Existing as if by absolute divine or creative command; having the character or power of such a command.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree.
  • noun A warrant of a judge for certain processes.
  • noun An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature.
  • noun irredeemable paper currency, not resting on a specie basis, but deriving its purchasing power from the declaratory fiat of the government issuing it.

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  • proper noun An automobile manufactured by the Italian firm Fiat S.p.A..

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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Italian abbreviation: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino ("Italian Automobile Factory of Turin")

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