fi·at /ˈfiət, ˌæt, ˌɑt; ˈfaɪət, ˌæt/
1. An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree.
His fiat laid the corner stone. --Willis.
2. Eng. Law (a) A warrant of a judge for certain processes. (b) An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature.
Fiat money, irredeemable paper currency, not resting on a specie basis, but deriving its purchasing power from the declaratory fiat of the government issuing it.
n : a legally binding command or decision entered on the court
record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in
New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out
there" [syn: decree, edict, order, rescript]