[ek-si-kwey-ter, -kwot-er]
a written recognition of a consul by the government of the state in which he or she is stationed giving authorization to exercise appropriate powers.
an authorization granted by a secular ruler for the publication of papal bulls or other ecclesiastical enactments to give them binding force.

1780–90; < Latin: literally, he may perform, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of exequī. See exequy

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exequatur (ˌɛksɪˈkweɪtə)
1.  an official authorization issued by a host country to a consular agent, permitting him to perform his official duties
2.  an act by which the civil governments of certain nations permit the laws of the Roman Catholic Church to take effect in their territories
[C18: from Latin, literally: let him perform, from exequī to perform, from ex-1 + sequī to follow]

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When the exequatur is finalized the court issues a decree that should be annotated on the marriage certificate.
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