in czarist Russia, an imperial order or decree
, having the force of law
any official, esp. arbitrary
, decree or proclamation
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Word origin of 'ukase'Russ ukaz, edict < ukazat', to order (modern meaning “to indicate”) < OSlav kazati, talk