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.
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How to use fiat in a sentence
Although real names aren’t attached, criminals become vulnerable when they try to cash out their crypto into dollars, euros, or another traditional fiat currency.Why Crypto Scams Are Driving an Online Crime Boom — And How to Outsmart Them | Io Dodds | March 29, 2022 | Time
So what we did is we allowed consumers to instantaneously translate that cryptocurrency and sell it in into fiat currency to pay for that transaction.It's Expensive to Be Poor. This CEO Wants to Reduce 'Antiquated' Bank Fees and Wait Times | Vivienne Walt | January 9, 2022 | Time
They have stable value because they are backed by stores of fiat currencies.The Future of Crypto Is Bright, But Governments Must Help Manage the Risks | Eswar Prasad | October 22, 2021 | Time
In effect, it is just a digital version of the fiat currency, which in India’s case is the rupee.Indian central bank’s digital rupee could pave the way ahead for country’s crypto ecosystem | Mimansa Verma | July 26, 2021 | Quartz
Initially, Libra had proposed creating a cryptocurrency supported by a basket of government-issued fiat currencies and securities.Facebook-backed Libra association changes its name to Diem | Verne Kopytoff | December 1, 2020 | Fortune
But the recent batch of polls shows Americans to be, what else, deeply split on whether Obama was right to do this by fiat.
The grand prize is a pristine white fiat Panda 4X4 – with full options.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They can be unmade by judicial fiat, but it feels awfully cruel to do so.
The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.The ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’ Is Obama’s Constitutional Excesses | Ron Christie | January 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Coinbase and Vault of Satoshi both allow users to purchase Bitcoin with dollars and other fiat currency.
He became the umpire of taste, and his word was received as the fiat of fashion.Evenings at Donaldson Manor | Maria J. McIntosh
When at length comes the conviction that all are doomed, the fiat goes forth to put the suffering creatures out of pain.The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
And do not let anybody fool you for a single second by talking about "fiat money" and "inflation of the currency."The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
They had imagined that the Pope would not dare to utter words of defiance against the fiat of an irreligious Bloc.The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
After a heated debate the fiat went forth that Congress could not take action till 1808.Historic Papers on the Causes of the Civil War | Mrs. Eugenia Dunlap Potts
British Dictionary definitions for fiat
official sanction; authoritative permission
an arbitrary order or decree
mainly literary any command, decision, or act of will that brings something about
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