Mandamus meaning

măn-dāməs
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(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.
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A writ issued by a court to compel a public official (including the judge of a lesser court) to perform a task or duty.
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A writ issued by a court requiring a public official or entity to perform a duty associated with that office or entity.
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A legal proceeding seeking such a writ.
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To serve or compel with such a writ.
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(law) A common law prerogative writ that compels a court or government officer to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly.
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(informal) To serve with or command by such a writ.
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Origin of mandamus

  • Latin mandāmus we order (used in such a writ) first person pl. present tense of mandāre to order man-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin mandāmus (“we command").

    From Wiktionary