- a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority.
- any authoritative proclamation or command.
- a decree, order, or ordinance issued by a sovereign, state, or any other holder of authority
- any formal or authoritative command, proclamation, etc
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 e- “out” (see ex-) + dicere “to say” (see diction).