verb (used with object), man·dat·ed, man·dat·ing.
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Origin of mandate
historical usage of mandate
Mandātum is a neuter noun use of the past participle mandātus, from mandāre “to hand over, deliver, consign, entrust, delegate.” The first element of Latin mandāre is from the noun manus “hand”; the second part looks as if it were from dare “to give,” but in fact -dāre is a derivation of the combining form -dere “to put, place,” from a very widespread Proto-Indo-European root dhē-, dhō- “to place, set, put,” source of the English verb do. Mandāre therefore means “to put in the hands (of).”
Mandātum, via Old and Middle French mandé “washing of poor people’s feet during the Holy Thursday liturgy,” becomes maunde in Middle English and maundy in Modern English. Mandé, maunde, and maundy derive from the Vulgate Latin text of Jesus’ words during the Last Supper (Gospel of St. John, 13:34): Mandātum novum dō vōbis, ut diligātis invicem “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.”
OTHER WORDS FROM mandateun·man·dat·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for mandate
In September, legislators passed HB 1307, which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for all women seeking an abortion.
Hotels arrange accommodations around a shared courtyard, as the traditional Moroccan architecture of the riad mandates.
New York is one of only two states that mandates that hospitals publish their C-section rates.
It currently sits at $7.25, but many states choose to pay a higher minimum wage than federal policy mandates.
He experiments constantly, and he believes in understanding and exploring the reasons behind rules and mandates.
In general the mandates of princes and the lessons of priests were received by the Muscovite with profound reverence.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
This little excursion into biology is made in the full consciousness that social mandates are not to be found there.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
They claimed exemption from the mandates of human authority, as militating with their subjection to a superior power.Orations|John Quincy Adams
No one dared disobey his mandates, for the law of clerical obedience was one of the fundamental ideas of the age.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
Long and habitual deference to the mandates of his superiors had taught the scout the virtue of obedience.The Last of the Mohicans|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for mandate
noun (ˈmændeɪt, -dɪt)
- Roman law a contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
- contract law a contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
- Scots law a contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another
verb (ˈmændeɪt) (tr)
Derived forms of mandatemandator, noun
Word Origin for mandate
Cultural definitions for mandate
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.