What is edict?

  • (noun): A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge).
    Synonyms: decree, fiat, order, rescript
    See also — Additional definitions below


An edict is an announcement of a law, often associated with monarchism. The Pope and various micronational leaders are currently the only persons who still issue edicts.

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Notable Edicts
... Edicts of Ashoka, by Ashoka the Great, of the Mauryan dynasty during his reign from 272 BCE to 231 BCE ... an Imperial revision of the long-standing Praetor's Edict, a periodic document which first began under the late Roman Republic (c.509-44 BC) ... Edict on Maximum Prices (301), by Roman Emperor Diocletian ...
Sakoku Edict Of 1635
... This Sakoku Edict (Sakoku-rei, 鎖国令) of 1635 was the third of a series issued by Tokugawa Iemitsu, shogun of Japan from 1623 to 1651 ... The Edict of 1635 is considered a prime example of the Japanese desire for seclusion ... The Edict of 1635 was written to the two commissioners of Nagasaki, a port city located in southwestern Japan ...
... The site came into prominence with the discovery of a minor rock edict of Emperor Ashoka by C ... It was the first edict of Emperor Ashoka that contained the name Asoka in it instead of the earlier edicts that referred him as Devanampiye piyadasi ... This edict was important to conclude that many edicts found earlier in the Indian sub-continent in the name of Devanampiye piyadasi, all belonged to Emperor ...
Salvius Julianus - Legal Works - The Praetor's Edict
... The Emperor Hadrian appointed Julianus to collect and revise all the Praetor's Edicts available ... For centuries each incoming praetor had issued these annual edicts, which announced his legal positions for the next year ... Soon after 125, Hadrian chose him to revise the Edicta praetoruum or Praetor's Edict, issued each year by the new Praetor urbanus ...
Ashoka's Major Rock Edict - History
19th century when a large number of his edicts, inscribed on rocks and pillars, were found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan ... These many edicts, of which Ashoka's Major Rock Edict was the first and most impressive, were concerned with practical instructions in running a kingdom such as the ... Ashoka's edicts were the first written inscriptions in India after the ancient city of Harrapa fell to ruin ...

More definitions of "edict":

  • (noun): A formal or authoritative proclamation.

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