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noun, plural man·da·tar·ies.
  1. a person or nation holding a mandate.
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Also mandatory.

Origin of mandatary

First recorded in 1605–15, mandatary is from the Late Latin word mandātārius one to whom a charge is given. See mandate, -ary
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Historical Examples

  • In every case the mandatary will render an annual report, and the degree of its authority will be defined.

    World's War Events, Volume III


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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