- a command or authorization to act in a particular way on a public issue given by the electorate to its representative: The president had a clear mandate to end the war.
- a command from a superior court or official to a lower one: The appellate court resolved the appeal and issued a mandate to the district judge.
- an authoritative order or command: a royal mandate.
- (in the League of Nations) a commission given to a nation to administer the government and affairs of a former Turkish territory or German colony.
- a mandated territory or colony.
- Roman Catholic Church. an order issued by the pope, especially one commanding the preferment of a certain person to a benefice.
- Roman and Civil Law. a contract by which one engages gratuitously to perform services for another.
- (in modern civil law) any contract by which a person undertakes to perform services for another.
- Roman Law. an order or decree by the emperor, especially to governors of provinces.
- to authorize or decree (a particular action), as by the enactment of law: The state legislature mandated an increase in the minimum wage.
- to order or require; make mandatory: to mandate sweeping changes in the election process.
- to consign (a territory, colony, etc.) to the charge of a particular nation under a mandate.
Origin of mandate
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Examples from the Web for mandates
In September, legislators passed HB 1307, which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for all women seeking an abortion.Abortion in Missouri Is the Wait of a Lifetime
November 12, 2014
New York is one of only two states that mandates that hospitals publish their C-section rates.The Mom Forced to Have a C-Section
June 5, 2014
He experiments constantly, and he believes in understanding and exploring the reasons behind rules and mandates.Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started
April 26, 2014
The bill also mandates the implementation of a standardized training process for all CBP officers and Border Patrol agents.The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot
April 10, 2014
The mandates make business owners with 50 or more employees offer health-care insurance or face a $2,000 fine.Technology Firms Staff Up to Build Health-Insurance Exchanges
August 21, 2013
The army must be purely executive, carrying out the mandates of the State.
Aught else than servile obedience in accomplishing the mandates of those in power?Mysticism and its Results
She then produced her mandates, and the guards laid them at the feet of Ahubal.
Mr. Pericles' mandates was being obeyed, when a cry of "Wilfrid!"Sandra Belloni, Complete
It did not occur to Robert to question the mandates of this lordly being.The Shadow of Victory</p>
- an official or authoritative instruction or command
- politics the support or commission given to a government and its policies or an elected representative and his policies through an electoral victory
- Also called: mandated territory (often capital) (formerly) any of the territories under the trusteeship of the League of Nations administered by one of its member states
- Roman lawa contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
- contract lawa contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
- Scots lawa contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another
- international law to assign (territory) to a nation under a mandate
- to delegate authority to
- obsolete to give a command to
Word Origin and History for mandates
"judicial or legal order," c.1500, from Middle French mandat (15c.) and directly from Latin mandatum "commission, command, order," noun use of neuter past participle of mandare "to order, commit to one's charge," literally "to give into one's hand," probably from manus "hand" (see manual) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Political sense of "approval supposedly conferred by voters to the policies or slogans advocated by winners of an election" is from 1796. League of Nations sense is from 1919.
1620s, "to command," from mandate (n.). Meaning "to delegate authority, permit to act on behalf of a group" is from 1958; used earlier in the context of the League of Nations, "to authorize a power to control a certain territory for some specified purpose" (1919). Related: Mandated; mandating.
A command or an expression of a desire, especially by a group of voters for a political program. Politicians elected in landslide victories often claim that their policies have received a mandate from the voters.