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Meaning of CARTE BLANCHE

Pronunciation:  'kârt 'blanch

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  complete freedom or authority to act
 
 See Also: authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, say-so

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Carte` blanche"\ [F., fr. OF. carte paper +
-blanc, blanche, white. See 1st {Card}.]
A blank paper, with a person's signature, etc., at the
bottom, given to another person, with permission to
superscribe what conditions he pleases. Hence: Unconditional
terms; unlimited authority.

 
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