- The definition of a mandate is a command to do something.
An example of mandate is a state requiring schools to teach a particular curriculum.
- an authoritative order or command, esp. a written one
- a commission from the League of Nations to a country to administer some region, colony, etc.
- the area so administered
- the wishes of constituents expressed to a representative, legislature, etc., as through an election and regarded as an order
- an order from a higher court or official to a lower one: a is a mandate from an appellate court to the lower court, communicating its decision in a case appealed
- in English law, a bailment of personal property with no consideration
- in Roman law, a commission or contract by which a person undertakes to do something for another, without recompense but with indemnity against loss
- any contract of agency
Origin of mandateClassical Latin mandatum, neuter past participle of mandare, literally , to put into one's hand, command, entrust ; from manus, a hand + past participle of dare, to give: see manual and amp; date
- An authoritative command or instruction.
- A command or authorization given by a political electorate to the winner of an election.
- a. A commission from the League of Nations authorizing a member nation to administer a territory.b. A region under such administration.
- Law The specific directive issued by a reviewing court to a lower court, as in requiring the lower court to enter a new judgment or to conduct further proceedings consistent with the reviewing court's ruling.
transitive verbman·dat·ed, man·dat·ing, man·dates
- To assign (a colony or territory) to a specified nation under a mandate of the League of Nations.
- To make mandatory, as by law; decree or require: mandated desegregation of public schools.
Origin of mandateLatin mandātum, from neuter past participle of mandāre, to order; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
- An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.
(third-person singular simple present mandates, present participle mandating, simple past and past participle mandated)
Noun is from Latin mandatum (“a charge, order, command, commission, injunction”), neut of. mandatus, past participle of mandare (“to commit to one's charge, order, command, commission, literally to put into one's hands”), from manus (“hand”) + dare (“to put”). Compare command, commend, demand, remand.
Verb is from the noun.
mandate - Investment & Finance Definition
A declaration that indicates that an investment banker has won the opportunity to do debt or equity underwriting for a corporation or to advise it on merger discussions
mandate - Legal Definition
- The voters’ show of support, typically greater than a simple majority, for a particular political candidate or party.
- A court’s order directing a lower court or judicial officer to perform a particular action.