From ēdīcō (“I declare, announce, decree”), from ex (“out of, from”) + dīcō (“say, affirm, tell”).
ēdictum n (genitive ēdictī); second declension
- A proclamation, ordinance, edict, decree or manifesto by a magistrate.
- The public announcement of the praetor or other senior magistrate, in which he states, on entering upon his office, the rules by which he will be guided in administering justice; inaugural address.
- (by extension) An order, command, edict.
- “edictum” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.