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fiat (noun) order.

An official order given by someone in authority and has to be obeyed is a fiat. A fiat is usually an order which is given without any consideration for the feelings of those affected by the order. A presidential fiat is a command given by a president and has to be carried out.

  • A fiat has no place in a democracy, because no one in any position, however high, can issue an order all by themselves. Democracy is rule by discussion and debate.
  • Fiats are quite common in countries under the rule of dictators. Dictators enjoy absolute authority and they issue orders without any consideration for the feelings of the people under their rule.
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