What does mandate mean?

Definitions for mandate
ˈmæn deɪtman·date

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mandate, authorization, authorisationnoun

    a document giving an official instruction or command

  2. mandate, mandatorynoun

    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

  3. mandateverb

    the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory

  4. mandateverb

    assign under a mandate

    "mandate a colony"

  5. mandateverb

    make mandatory

    "the new director of the school board mandated regular tests"

  6. mandateverb

    assign authority to


  1. Mandatenoun

    Hence: (Politics) An authorization to carry out a specific public policy, given by the electorate to their representatives; -- it is considered to be implied by the election of a candidate by a significant margin after that candidate has campaigned with that policy as a prominent element of the campaign platform.

  2. Mandatenoun

    Hence: Authorization by a multinational body to a nation to administer the government and affairs of a territory, usually a former colony; as, termination of the British mandate in Palestine.


  1. mandatenoun

    An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.

  2. mandateverb

    to authorize

  3. Etymology: Noun is from mandatum, neut of. mandatus, past participle of mandare, from manus + dare. Compare command, commend, demand, remand.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mandatenoun

    Etymology: mandatum, Latin.

    Her force is not any where so apparent as in express mandates or prohibitions, especially upon advice and consultation going before. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    The necessity of the times cast the power of the three estates upon himself, that his mandates should pass for laws, whereby he laid what taxes he pleased. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    Who knows,
    If the scarce bearded Cæsar have not sent
    His powerful mandate to you. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    This Moor,
    Your special mandate, for the state affairs,
    Hath hither brought. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    He thought the mandate forg’d, your death conceal’d. Dryd.

    This dream all powerful Juno sends, I bear
    Her mighty mandates, and her words you hear:
    Haste, arm your Ardeans. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. mandate

    A mandate is an official order or command, often given by a higher authority, such as a government or court, to perform a particular action or task. It can also refer to the authority granted to an individual or organization to act or govern, usually granted through an election or other formal decision-making process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mandatenoun

    an official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept

  2. Mandatenoun

    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

  3. Mandatenoun

    a contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous

  4. Etymology: [L. mandatum, fr. mandare to commit to one's charge, order, orig., to put into one's hand; manus hand + dare to give: cf. F. mandat. See Manual, Date a time, and cf. Commend, Maundy Thursday.]


  1. Mandate

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mandate

    man′dāt, n. a charge: a command from a superior official or judge to an inferior, ordering him how to act, esp. from the Pope to a legate, &c.: a right given to a person to act in name of another: a rescript of the Pope.—ns. Man′datary, Man′datory, one to whom a mandate is given by a Man′dator.adj. Man′datory, containing a mandate or command; preceptive: directory. [Fr. mandat—L. mandātum, mandāremanus, hand, dăre, give.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mandate

    A peaceful, easy, accurate, specific and simple signal sent by an electorate to a country or specific form of unity government at an election or during a unity government term to action their collective choices, voices and policies and ensure their collective authority is created, changed, provided and actioned responsibly, easily, effectively and efficiently.

    The electorate gave their mandate for change by choosing a unity government, leadership by the political party that received the visible number of votes in the election.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mandate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mandate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mandate in a Sentence

  1. Brene Brown:

    The real questions for parents should be: ‘Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?’ If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions. Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The mandate is not to be perfect and raise happy children. Perfection doesn’t exist, and I’ve found what makes children happy doesn’t always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.

  2. Shehu Sani:

    A vote is a commitment, a mandate a trust.

  3. Marya Mannes:

    It is not enough to show people how to live better there is a mandate for any group with enormous powers of communication to show people how to be better.

  4. Chief Justice Roy Moore:

    If it's an unlawful mandate you can refuse to mandate it. You can dissent to the United States Supreme Court.

  5. Sepp Blatter:

    FIFA needs profound restructuring, i decided to stand again to be elected because I was convinced it was the best option for football. Although the members of FIFA gave me a new mandate, this mandate does not seem to be supported by everyone in the world.

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