fiat

[fee-aht, -at; fahy-uht, -at]
noun
1.
an authoritative decree, sanction, or order: a royal fiat. authorization, directive, ruling, mandate, diktat, ukase.
2.
a fixed form of words containing the word fiat, by which a person in authority gives sanction, or authorization.
3.
an arbitrary decree or pronouncement, especially by a person or group of persons having absolute authority to enforce it: The king ruled by fiat.

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin: let it be done, 3rd singular present subjunctive of fierī to become

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fiat justitia, ruat caelum

[fee-aht yoos-tee-tee-ah roo-aht kahy-loom; English fee-aht juhs-tish-ee-uh roo-at see-luhm, fahy-uht]
Latin.
let there be justice though the heavens fall.

fiat lux

[fee-aht looks; English fee-aht luhks, fahy-uht]
Latin.
let there be light.
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fiat (ˈfaɪət, -æt)
 
n
1.  official sanction; authoritative permission
2.  an arbitrary order or decree
3.  literary chiefly any command, decision, or act of will that brings something about
 
[C17: from Latin, literally: let it be done, from fierī to become]

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fiat
late 14c., from fiat lux "let there be light" in the Book of Genesis, from L. fiat "let it be done" (also used in the opening of M.L. proclamations and commands), third person singular present subjunctive of fieri, used as passive of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
FIAT
Italian Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Automobile Factory of Turin)
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Example sentences
Industries that depend on government fiat for their livelihood are living on
  borrowed time.
If only our hominid ancestor's descendants could learn to use fiat currency,
  think of the evolution that might yet await.
Every major economy in the world now uses fiat currency which are bits of
  colored paper.
Fiat has gone so far as to give drivers extremely detailed report cards of how
  to improve their fuel economy.
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