Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "edict": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a formal or authoritative proclamation;

2. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);
- Example: "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
[syn: decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Edict \E"dict\, n. [L. edictum, fr. edicere, edictum, to declare, proclaim; e out + dicere to say: cf. F. ['e]dit. See Diction.] A public command or ordinance by the sovereign power; the proclamation of a law made by an absolute authority, as if by the very act of announcement; a decree; as, the edicts of the Roman emperors; the edicts of the French monarch. [1913 Webster] It stands as an edict in destiny. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Edict of Nantes (French Hist.), an edict issued by Henry IV. (A. D. 1598), giving toleration to Protestants. Its revocation by Louis XIV. (A. D. 1685) was followed by terrible persecutions and the expatriation of thousands of French Protestants. Syn: Decree; proclamation; law; ordinance; statute; rule; order; manifesti; command. See Law. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

edict n 1: a formal or authoritative proclamation 2: a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there" [syn: decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

70 Moby Thesaurus words for "edict": act, announcement, annunciation, appointment, bill, brevet, bull, bulletin board, bylaw, canon, circular, communique, declaration, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, dictate, dictation, dictum, diktat, directive, edictum, enactment, encyclical, enunciation, fiat, form, formality, formula, formulary, institution, instrument, ipse dixit, jus, law, legislation, lex, manifesto, measure, notice, notification, order, ordinance, ordonnance, position paper, precept, prescript, prescription, proclamation, program, programma, pronouncement, pronunciamento, public notice, regulation, report, rescript, rubric, rule, ruling, senatus consult, senatus consultum, standing order, statement, statute, ukase, white book, white paper
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

EDICT. A law ordained by the sovereign, by which he forbids or commands something it extends either to the whole country, or only to some particular provinces. 2. Edicts are somewhat similar to public proclamations. Their difference consists in this, that the former have authority and form of law in themselves, whereas the latter are at most, declarations of a law, before enacted by congress, or the legislature. 3. Among the Romans this word sometimes signified, a citation to appear before a judge. The edict of the emperors, also called constitutiones principum, were new laws which they made of their own motion, either to decide cases which they had foreseen, or to abolish or change some ancient laws. They were different from their rescripts or decrees. These edicts were the sources which contributed to the formation of the Gregorian, Hermogenian, Theodosian, and Justinian Codes. Vide Dig. 1, 4, 1, 1; Inst. 1, 2, 7; Code, 1, 1 Nov. 139.