- 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.
mandate definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin mandatum, neuter past participle of mandare, literally , to put into one's hand, command, entrust ; from manus, a hand plush past participle of dare, to give: see manual and amp; date
- mandator noun
mandate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An authoritative command or instruction.
- A command or an authorization given by a political electorate to its representative.
- a. A commission from the League of Nations authorizing a member nation to administer a territory.b. A region under such administration.
- Law a. An order issued by a superior court or an official to a lower court.b. A contract by which one party agrees to perform services for another without payment.
- To assign (a colony or territory) to a specified nation under a mandate.
- To make mandatory, as by law; decree or require: mandated desegregation of public schools.
Origin: Latin mandātum, from neuter past participle of mandāre, to order; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
- manˈdaˌtor noun
mandate - Business Definition
- An official order to do something. For example, a corporate executive may issue a mandate that committee members be on time.
- An instruction from a court or a court official.
- Authorization to do something. For example, a candidate who promised to reduce property taxes during the election campaign assumes a mandate to do so if elected.
mandate - Cultural Definition
A command or an expression of a desire, especially by a group of voters for a political program. Politicians elected in landslide victories often claim that their policies have received a mandate from the voters.
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 discussionsWebster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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.