Definition of mandate in English:

mandate

Syllabification: man·date
Pronunciation: /ˈmanˌdāt
 
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noun

  • 1An official order or commission to do something: a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners
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    • Even some local trade officials ignored the new mandates to recruit women.
    • Although my official mandate was to study Pakistani farmers, I was obliged to give equal attention to foresters.
    • The Human Rights Commission has the mandate to receive and investigate allegations of discrimination.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 Law A commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party.
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    • In two of the four cases the solicitors received signed mandates from the purported owners for the funds to be telegraphically transferred to a third party.
    • In carrying out its mandate, the Commission receives, analyses, and investigates individual petitions alleging violations of human rights.
    • A Call Center for tourist information is in the works, and tourist police have a mandate to provide service and protection for visitors.
  • 1.2 Law An order from an appellate court to a lower court to take a specific action.
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    • He also put in place a process to carry out the Court's mandate.
  • 1.3A written authority enabling someone to carry out transactions on another’s bank account.
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    • A forged cheque is not a valid mandate, and the bank cannot debit the customer's account.
    • If that were right one would expect to see wives being independently advised before signing a typical mandate for a joint account.
    • He showed his value pretty quickly, pointing out that banks must have a legal mandate to debit someone's account.
  • 1.4 historical A commission from the League of Nations to a member state to administer a territory: the end of the British mandate in Palestine
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    • For the next 25 years, Syria was governed by French colonial administrators under a mandate from the League of Nations.
    • Another category of dependent imperial territory was formed by League of Nations mandates.
    • After the war, Japan continued to rule the islands under a mandate from the League of Nations.
  • 2The authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election: a sick leader living beyond his mandate
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    • Newly elected ministers invariably choose to regard an election victory as conferring a mandate on their policies.
    • Perhaps politicians should seek a new mandate from the electorate if they are unable to fulfil their promises.
    • The ones who win and form the next government would thus have the mandate to pursue their policies and programmes.
    Synonyms
    authority, approval, acceptance, ratification, endorsement, sanction, authorization
  • 2.1Canadian A period during which a government is in power.
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    • Third parties may not always directly influence an election, but they do set the tone for what is discussed and start the next mandate off on a particular foot.
    • In August 2002, he announced that he would not seek a fourth mandate, but would serve until 2004.

verb

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  • 1Give (someone) authority to act in a certain way: other colleges have mandated coed fraternities
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    • Having made this judgment, the Security Council may then mandate the US and its allies to use force in order to remove him.
    • With the money, it will acquire and restructure more mills, as mandated by the State Council.
    • Well, the problem here is, the ballot initiatives mandate something like 70 percent of the spending in the budget.
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  • 1.1Require (something) to be done; make mandatory: the government began mandating better car safety
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    • Current Army requirements mandate change in order to move into the future.
    • For such patients, it may be unrealistic to mandate abstinence as a requirement for treatment.
    • The federal government has begun mandating it, and they insist that their architects earn at least a bronze rating.
    Synonyms
    make mandatory, legislate, authorize, require by law; designate
  • 2 historical Assign (territory) under a mandate of the League of Nations: (as adjective mandated) mandated territories

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin mandatum 'something commanded', neuter past participle of mandare, from manus 'hand' + dare 'give'. sense 2 of the noun has been influenced by French mandat.

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