Take, for instance, mandating universal background checks for all gun purchasers.
“We like beer,” Taylor says, after mandating that everyone crack open an Mmmhops before the drinking games could commence.
He believes, and I agree, that mandating shorter work weeks goes against an American ideal.
Which was this: we will petition the greedy and insatiable City to paint the curbs blue and white, mandating pay for parking.
Second, fix the adverse-selection problem this causes by mandating that everyone get themselves some health insurance.
Under Gucci Capitalism, mandating corporations to do things for a greater public good was rare.
"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.