Definitions for mandateˈmæn deɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
man•dateˈmæn deɪt(n.; v.)-dat•ed, -dat•ing.
(n.)a command or authorization to act in a particular way given by the electorate to its representative.
any authoritative order or command:
a royal mandate.
(in the League of Nations) a commission given to a nation to administer the government and affairs of a former Turkish territory or German colony.
such a territory or colony.
a command from a superior court or official to a lower one.
(v.t.)to authorize or decree (a particular action).
to make mandatory.
Category: Common Vocabulary
to consign (a territory) under a mandate.
Origin of mandate:
1540–50; < L mandātum, from mandāre to give as a commission, lit., to hand over
mandate, authorization, authorisation(noun)
a document giving an official instruction or command
a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
assign under a mandate
"mandate a colony"
"the new director of the school board mandated regular tests"
assign authority to
An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.
Origin: Noun is from mandatum, neut of. mandatus, past participle of mandare, from manus + dare. Compare command, commend, demand, remand.
an official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept
a rescript of the pope, commanding an ordinary collator to put the person therein named in possession of the first vacant benefice in his collation
a contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous
In politics, a mandate is the authority granted by a constituency to act as its representative. The concept of a government having a legitimate mandate to govern via the fair winning of a democratic election is a central idea of representative democracy. New governments who attempt to introduce policies that they did not make public during an election campaign are said to not have a legitimate mandate to implement such policies. Elections, especially ones with a large margin of victory, are often said to give the newly elected government or elected official an implicit mandate to put into effect certain policies. Also, the period during which a government serves between elections is often referred to as a mandate and when the government seeks re-election it is said to be seeking a "new mandate". In some languages, a 'mandate' can mean a parliamentary seat won in an election rather than the electoral victory itself.
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