(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. command, edict, ordinance, law, fiat; judgment. See legality.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. edict, pronouncement, proclamation, order; see declaration 2 , judgment 3 .
Syn. proclaim, announce, pronounce, ordain; see command 1 , declare 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
order, act, mandate, command, ruling, edict, ordinance, injunction, fiat, statute, command, dictum.
order, mandate, command, rule, ordain, enact, proclaim, dictate, prescribe, require.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A principle governing affairs within or among political units: canon, edict, institute, law, ordinance, precept, prescription, regulation, rule. See LAW. 2. An authoritative or official decision, especially one made by a court: determination, edict, judgment, pronouncement, ruling. See LAW. II verb 1. To set forth expressly and authoritatively: dictate, fix, impose, lay down, ordain, prescribe. Idioms: call the shots (or tune), lay it on the line. See OVER. 2. To make a decision about (a controversy or dispute, for example) after deliberation, as in a court of law: adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, decide, determine, judge, referee, rule, umpire. See DECIDE, LAW.

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