Mandate


Mandate
Mandate Man"date, n. [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. An official or authoritative command, order, or authorization from a superior official to a subordinate; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept. [1913 Webster]

This dream all-powerful Juno; I bear Her mighty mandates, and her words you hear. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [PJC]

3. 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. [PJC]

4. (Canon Law) 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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Scots Law) A contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous. --Erskine. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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