Definition of Mandate

1. Noun. A document giving an official instruction or command.

2. Verb. Assign under a mandate. "Mandate a colony"
Generic synonyms: Assign, Delegate, Depute, Designate
Derivative terms: Mandatary, Mandator, Mandatory

3. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Mandatory
Generic synonyms: District, Dominion, Territorial Dominion, Territory
Specialized synonyms: Palestine

4. Verb. Make mandatory. "The new director of the school board mandated regular tests"
Generic synonyms: Dictate, Order, Prescribe
Derivative terms: Mandatory

5. Noun. The commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory.
Generic synonyms: Commission, Commissioning
Category relationships: Government, Political Science, Politics

6. Verb. Assign authority to.
Generic synonyms: Assign, Delegate, Depute, Designate
Derivative terms: Mandator

Definition of Mandate

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

Definition of Mandate

1. Noun. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept. ¹

2. Verb. to authorize ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Mandate

1. to authorize or decree [v -DATED, -DATING, -DATES]

Medical Definition of Mandate

1. 1. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept. "This dream all-powerful Juno; I bear Her mighty mandates, and her words you hear." (Dryden) 2. 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. A contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mandate

mandarin orange
mandarin orange tree
mandarin oranges
mandate (current term)
mandatory injunction
mandatory reporting
mandatory sentence
mandatory testing

Literary usage of Mandate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"If a second writ of error is sued out, it brings up for revision nothing but the proceedings subsequent to the mandate. Roberts v. Cooper, 20 How. ..."

2. Commentaries on the Law of Bailments: With Illustrations from the Civil and by Joseph Story, James Schouler (1878)
"Contract of mandate {how far{ recognized in Common Law. 140. Distinction between a Deposit and a mandate. 141. Contract of mandate at Common Law confined to ..."

3. Bouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle (1914)
"Ш the former (general mandate). The manda- tarius was the only one recognized ... Diet The contract of mandate la the civil law la not limited to personal ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"It Is contended that this error renders the mandate void aa against the estate of John Glenn, trustee; that for the circuit court to make the mandate ..."

5. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"IX Document-transference mandate, — (Section VI. art. 12. ... Examination of Solicitors: — Attendance-commanding mandate, — (Section XIV. art. 7.) art. 1. ..."

6. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar to the Revolution by David Hume (1858)
"The president of Magdalen College, one of the richest foundations in Europe, dying about this time, a mandate was sent in favor of Farmer, a new convert, ..."

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