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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fi·at /ˈfiət, ˌæt, ˌɑt; ˈfaɪət, ˌæt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fi·at n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]