- an authoritative decree, sanction, or order: a royal fiat.
- a fixed form of words containing the word fiat, by which a person in authority gives sanction, or authorization.
- 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 of fiat
fiat justitia, ruat caelum
- let there be justice though the heavens fall.
- let there be light.
Examples from the Web for fiat
But the recent batch of polls shows Americans to be, what else, deeply split on whether Obama was right to do this by fiat.Staving Off a Democratic Civil War
December 2, 2014
By the time Fiat took over Chrysler in 2009 Jeep was a seriously neglected asset.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
The comments by the Fiat COO had received attention and been mentioned often by voters on the campaign trail.
In January 2013, Fiat announced that it was shifting production for the China market to China.
A few days later, a hunter spotted the burnt-out Fiat and alerted authorities who discovered the macabre scene inside.Three-Year-Old Coco Is The Italian Mafia’s Littlest Victim
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 28, 2014
Fiat—8-cylinder, air-cooled; 50 horse power; weight 150 pounds.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The fiat demanded no limitation to her stay with “sister” Emma.The Hound From The North
He had to meet the tired, sweet servitors without and announce a man's fiat.The Prisoner
Fiat voluntas &c. thy will be done in earth as it is in heuen.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
He became the umpire of taste, and his word was received as the fiat of fashion.Evenings at Donaldson Manor
Maria J. McIntosh
- official sanction; authoritative permission
- an arbitrary order or decree
- mainly literary any command, decision, or act of will that brings something about
Word Origin and History for fiat
"authoritative sanction," 1630s, from Latin fiat "let it be done" (also used in the opening of Medieval Latin proclamations and commands), third person singular present subjunctive of fieri, used as passive of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Also sometimes a reference to fiat lux "let there be light" in the Book of Genesis.