1. An official or authoritative command, order, or authorization from a superior official to a subordinate; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.
This dream all-powerful Juno; I bear
Her mighty mandates, and her words you hear. --Dryden.
4. Canon Law A rescript of the pope, commanding an ordinary collator to put the person therein named in possession of the first vacant benefice in his collation.
5. Scots Law A contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous.
n 1: a document giving an official instruction or command [syn: authorization,
2: a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War
I and put under the tutelage of some other European power
until they ar able to stand by themselves [syn: mandatory]
3: the commission that is given to a government and its
policies through an electoral victory
v 1: assign under a mandate; "mandate a colony"
2: make mandatory; "the new director of the schoolbaord
mandated regular tests"
3: assign authority to