[ ek-si-kwey-ter, -kwot-er ]
/ ˌɛk sɪˈkweɪ tər, -ˈkwɒt ər /


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.
an authorization granted by a secular ruler for the publication of papal bulls or other ecclesiastical enactments to give them binding force.

Origin of exequatur

1780–90; < Latin: literally, he may perform, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of exequī. See exequy
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British Dictionary definitions for exequatur

/ (ˌɛksɪˈkweɪtə) /


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

Word Origin for exequatur

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