exequatur

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•e•qua•tur  (ek′si kwātər, -kwotər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta written recognition of a consul by the government of the state in which he or she is stationed giving authorization to exercise appropriate powers.
  2. Religionan authorization granted by a secular ruler for the publication of papal bulls or other ecclesiastical enactments to give them binding force.
  • Latin: literally, he may perform, 3rd pers. singular present subjunctive of exequī. See exequy
  • 1780–90

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