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[ek-si-kwey-ter, -kwot-er]
  1. a written recognition of a consul by the government of the state in which he or she is stationed giving authorization to exercise appropriate powers.
  2. an authorization granted by a secular ruler for the publication of papal bulls or other ecclesiastical enactments to give them binding force.
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Origin of exequatur

1780–90; < Latin: literally, he may perform, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of exequī. See exequy
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Examples from the Web for exequatur

Historical Examples

  • And the exequatur can be withdrawn for personal reasons at any moment.

    International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2)

    Lassa Francis Oppenheim

  • I went there to see him and ascertain, if I could, why my exequatur was withheld.

    America's War for Humanity

    Thomas Herbert Russell

  • I did this, with the result that the obstacle was removed and the exequatur issued.

    America's War for Humanity

    Thomas Herbert Russell

  • I have here my government's exequatur confirming you as Terrestrial consul-general to Yill.

    The Yillian Way

    John Keith Laumer

  • This exequatur, called in Turkey a barat, may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the government where he resides.

British Dictionary definitions for exequatur


  1. an official authorization issued by a host country to a consular agent, permitting him to perform his official duties
  2. an act by which the civil governments of certain nations permit the laws of the Roman Catholic Church to take effect in their territories
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin, literally: let him perform, from exequī to perform, from ex- 1 + sequī to follow
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