|Origin:||mandatum, from mandare 'to give into someone's hand, command', from manus 'hand' + dare 'to give'|
if a government or official has a mandate to make important decisions, they have the authority to make the decisions because they have been elected by the people to do so
have/be given a mandate
Sometimes a President thinks he has more of a mandate than he really does.
an official instruction given to a person or organization, allowing them to do something:
Matters debated in meetings do not become a mandate automatically.
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the power given to one country to govern another country