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 for fiat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fiat \Fi"at\, n. [L., let it be done, 3d pers. sing., subj.
     pres., fr. fieri, used as pass. of facere to make. Cf. Be.]
     1. An authoritative command or order to do something; an
        effectual decree.
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              His fiat laid the corner stone.       --Willis.
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     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.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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, fiat, order, rescript]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "fiat":
     appointment, authority, authorization, brevet, bull, certification,
     clearance, countenance, declaration, decree, decree-law,
     decreement, decretal, decretum, dictum, diktat, edict, edictum,
     empowerment, enabling, endorsement, enfranchisement, entitlement,
     ipse dixit, law, ordinance, ordonnance, proclamation,
     pronouncement, pronunciamento, ratification, rescript, rule,
     ruling, sanction, senatus consult, senatus consultum, ukase,
     warrant, warranty

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FIAT, practice. An order of a judge, or of an officer, whose authority, to 
  be signified by his signature, is necessary to authenticate the particular 

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