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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: mandatum, from mandare 'to give into someone's hand, command', from manus 'hand' + dare 'to give'

mandate

1 noun
     
man‧date1
1 [countable]PG 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
mandate to do something
The President was elected with a clear mandate to tackle violent crime.
mandate for
a popular mandate for election reform
mandate from
I sought a mandate from my constituents to oppose this tax.
have/be given a mandate
Sometimes a President thinks he has more of a mandate than he really does.
2 [countable] an official instruction given to a person or organization, allowing them to do something:
Matters debated in meetings do not become a mandate automatically.
3 [uncountable and countable]PG the power given to one country to govern another country
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