[f_ˈiː__ə_t], [fˈiːət], [fˈiːət]

Definitions of fiat:

  1.   A warrant of a judge for certain processes.
  2.   A command to do something.
  3.   A command; decree.
  4.   A formal or solemn command; a decree; an order.
  5.   A formal or solemn command; a decree.
  6.   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"
  7.   An authoritative command.
  8.   An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree.
  9.   An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature.
  10.   A command that something be done; an order of a court authorizing certain proceedings, as in bankruptcy.

Quotes for fiat:

  1. I mean, what Fiat had it was not very big, it was something like forty or fifty million dollars, but it's enough to get revolving credit, to get starting away again, the buying of new machinery. – Gianni Agnelli
  2. Our markets have not achieved their great successes as a result of government fiat but rather through efforts of competing interests working to meet the demands of investors and to fulfill the promises posed by advancing technology. – Arthur Levitt
  3. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. – Ron Paul
  4. Thus, the use of fiat money is more justifiable in financing a depression than in financing a war. – Carroll Quigley

Usage examples for fiat:

  1. But the angry fiat of a Mighty Judge had gone forth, and the tremendous arm of the destroying angel was not to be stopped by the puny hand of man. ” – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  2. The earth itself on which we live, not by fiat suddenly enacted, but by long and gradual processes, became habitable, and man upon it through uncounted ages grew out of an unknown past into his present estate. ” – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  3. His absolute fiat against the alienation of the land would have done more for the common people than all Adam Smith's theories of free competition, and Fourier's dream of a perfected communism. ” – The Master-Knot of Human Fate by Ellis Meredith
  4. The fiat of the individual commanding is in this case the fiat of the nation at large; to contend with this fiat is not contending with the individual, but with the nation, to whose laws they must submit, or return to their country no more. ” – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  5. “ " Fiat justitia pereat mundus," said the haggard Hohenzollern. ” – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  6. Young man, the worst wish I have for you is that you may be prepared to die, for the fiat of the Almighty is against you. ” – A Woman's Life-Work Labors and Experiences by Laura S. Haviland
  7. “ Oswald, however, accepted the fiat with great calm, and without the smallest show of surprise. ” – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  8. Now the fiat had fallen; the bread- winner could no longer earn the family meal, and Kitty and the others would have to do without their bread and butter. ” – Good Luck by L. T. Meade
  9. The Queen's ultimatum was almost a fiat – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  10. By their decree of 4th April 1792 they declared absolute equality of rights between whites, half- castes, and blacks, and sent out commissioners to enforce this anarchic fiat – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  11. Of the fiat 'let there be light. ” – The Bible: what it is by Charles Bradlaugh
  12. Then Chitra dropped me in her Fiat car near the Panagal Park bus stop. ” – Free from School by Rahul Alvares
  13. That point is now reached; the fiat of the sovereign power in this land has gone forth; the voice of the people is heard from all portions of our common country demanding redress, and that the government shall be brought back to constitutional limits; that the power of their oppressors shall be destroyed; that their rights as freemen shall be restored to them; that the halls of legislation and the courts of justice shall be filled by men who do not legislate for bribes, and who administer justice without respect to persons or interests, and prize constitutional restrictions and the liberties of the people above the interests of corporations and rings formed to oppress them. ” – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  14. Thus the fiat of a greater than Neptune, even in his own element, reduced him from the godlike rank he held to that of a mere forecastle sailor; and thus were all our expectations frustrated. ” – Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade by William Surtees
  15. According to the principle, fiat justitia, pereat mundus, I ought to do so, no doubt. ” – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  16. The fiat had gone forth that to- morrow, the day after, any day or any hour- in the middle of the night, for all he knew- hard- hearted strangers might and would arrive, and, without asking with your leave or by your leave, would strip Mecklemburg House of every movable it contained. ” – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  17. He would have seen him; but the doctor was present, and interposed his fiat – Masterman and Son by W. J. Dawson
  18. “ I have no private means of evading their fiat – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore