verb (used with object), man·dat·ed, man·dat·ing.
Origin of mandate
Synonyms for mandate
Related Words for mandatesdecree, injunction, directive, instruction, command, sanction, authorization, edict, fiat, word, go-ahead, behest, precept, commission, charge, imperative, bidding, dictate, okay, warrant
Examples from the Web for mandates
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of mandates
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
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.