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Meaning of exequatur

ex•e•qua•tur

Pronunciation: (ek"si-kwā'tur, -kwot'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a 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. an authorization granted by a secular ruler for the publication of papal bulls or other ecclesiastical enactments to give them binding force.
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