Definition of mandamus in English:


Line breaks: man|da¦mus
Pronunciation: /manˈdeɪməs


[mass noun] Law
  • A judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty: an order of mandamus
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    • Because if one is speaking about prohibition and mandamus, prohibition and mandamus are concerned with duties.
    • A writ of mandamus was sought and granted by the High Court.
    • No error of law has been shown that would attract the writ of mandamus.


mid 16th century: from Latin, literally 'we command'.

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