- a person or nation holding a mandate.
Origin of mandatary
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Examples from the Web for mandatary
In every case the mandatary will render an annual report, and the degree of its authority will be defined.
Word Origin and History for mandatary
"person to whom a mandate has been given," 1610s, from Latin mandatarius "one to whom a charge or commission has been given," from mandatus, past participle of mandare (see mandate (n.)).
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