verb (used with object), man·dat·ed, man·dat·ing.
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Origin of mandate
Examples from the Web for mandate
Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As the Gerawan ordeal reveals, however, the current board seems to lack such a balanced vision of its mandate.
The act does not increase taxes, create a new program, or mandate a curriculum.The Financial Case for Dodgeball: Why America Needs Gym Class|Mark McKinnon|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Religious groups, freedom-of-religion groups, and others who oppose the mandate have filed 59 friend-of-the-court briefs.Why Is the Future of Birth Control In the Hands of the Supreme Court?|Stuart Taylor, Jr.|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This mandate has in turn created a market so tempting that one vaccine manufacturer has produced a pork-free, or halal, version.Princeton Considers Vaccinations for Slow-Moving Meningitis Outbreak|Kent Sepkowitz|November 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I felt sure of one thing: Hilda was far too good a judge of character to believe that I was likely to obey that mandate.Hilda Wade|Grant Allen
I might add that the mandate from the Congress was given by an almost unanimous bipartisan vote.The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area|John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower
With one noble exception, this mandate of the church and clergy had effect for a time in silencing womans plea for the slave.Woman, Church & State|Matilda Joslyn Gage
With this mandate in his pocket, Pfefferkorn hastened back to the scene of his activity, the Rhenish provinces.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)|Heinrich Graetz
That officer, protesting that he acknowledged no authority in the Duke of Lancaster, obeyed the mandate of the regent.
noun (ˈmændeɪt, -dɪt)
- 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
verb (ˈmændeɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for mandate
"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.