[ man-deyt ]
/ ˈmæn deɪt /


verb (used with object), man·dat·ed, man·dat·ing.

Nearby words

  1. mandarin collar,
  2. mandarin duck,
  3. mandarin orange,
  4. mandarinate,
  5. mandatary,
  6. mandates,
  7. mandator,
  8. mandatory,
  9. mande,
  10. mandean

Origin of mandate

1540–50; < Latin mandātum, noun use of neuter of mandātus, past participle of mandāre to commission, literally, to give into (someone's) hand. See manus, date1

Related formsun·man·dat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unmandated


noun (ˈmændeɪt, -dɪt)

an official or authoritative instruction or command
politics the support or commission given to a government and its policies or an elected representative and his policies through an electoral victory
Also called: mandated territory (often capital) (formerly) any of the territories under the trusteeship of the League of Nations administered by one of its member states
  1. Roman lawa contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
  2. contract lawa contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
  3. Scots lawa contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another

verb (ˈmændeɪt) (tr)

Derived Formsmandator, noun

Word Origin for mandate

C16: from Latin mandātum something commanded, from mandāre to command, perhaps from manus hand + dāre to give

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Word Origin and History for unmandated
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Culture definitions for unmandated


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.

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