Law a writ commanding that a specified thing be done, issued by a higher court to a lower one, or to a private or municipal corporation, government agency, official, etc.
Origin of mandamusL, we command, 1st person; personal (grammar) plural , present tense indicative , of mandare: see mandate
Informal to serve with or command by such a writ
- A writ issued by a court requiring a public official or entity to perform a duty associated with that office or entity.
- A legal proceeding seeking such a writ.
transitive verbman·da·mused, man·da·mus·ing, man·da·mus·es
To serve or compel with such a writ.
Origin of mandamusLatin mandamus, we order (used in such a writ), first person pl. present tense of mandare, to order; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (law) A common law prerogative writ that compels a court or government officer to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly.
From Latin mandÄmus (“we command").
mandamus - Legal Definition
A writ issued by a court to compel a public official (including the judge of a lesser court) to perform a task or duty.