Definition of Edict

1. Noun. A formal or authoritative proclamation.




2. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Decree, Fiat, Order, Rescript
Generic synonyms: Act, Enactment
Specialized synonyms: Consent Decree, Curfew, Decree Nisi, Imperial Decree, Judicial Separation, Legal Separation, Programma, Ban, Prohibition, Proscription, Stay, Bull, Papal Bull
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Decree, Decree, Order, Order

Definition of Edict

1. n. 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.

Definition of Edict

1. Noun. a proclamation of law or other authoritative command ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Edict

1. an authoritative order having the force of law [n -S] : EDICTAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Edict

1. 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. "It stands as an edict in destiny." (Shak) Edict of Nantes, 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. Synonym: Decree, proclamation, law, ordinance, statute, rule, order, manifesti, command. See Law. Origin: L. Edictum, fr. Edicere, edictum, to declare, proclaim; e out + dicere to say: cf. F. Edit. See Diction. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Edict

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1. The Historic Note-book: With an Appendix of Battles by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1903)
"edict of January (The), 1562. Provided that those reformers who had taken ... An edict published by Henri IV. granting toleration to all Huguenots or ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Didymus H., 285), in which we find as heading of the general edict (fourth ... The other omission, viz., the third clause of the edict, may be lurking in ..."

3. Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin (1885)
"It is remarkable that all the edicts of all the successive Praetors are frequently considered as constituting on* edict. They are frequently styled (in the ..."

4. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1896)
"This edict is lost, but from a second Second edict which was published about eight ... This latter edict (which with its Latin translation fills fifty large ..."

5. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"But the edict of Nantes still remained on the statute-book, ... The~edict of Revocation declares in its preamble that the best and largest part of the ..."

6. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"But the edict of Nantes still remained on the statute-book, ... The edict of Revocation declares in its preamble that the best and largest part of the ..."

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