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edict (n.)

late 15c., edycte; earlier edit (late 13c.), "proclamation having the force of law," from Old French edit, from Latin edictum "proclamation, ordinance, edict," neuter past participle of edicere "publish, proclaim," from assimilated form of ex "out, out of" (see ex-) + dicere "to say" (from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly"). Related: Edictal.

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Definitions of edict from WordNet

edict (n.)
a formal or authoritative proclamation;
edict (n.)
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);
Synonyms: decree / fiat / order / rescript
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