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mandamus

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noun man·da·mus \man-ˈdā-məs\

Definition of mandamus

  1. :  a writ issued by a superior court commanding the performance of a specified official act or duty



Origin and Etymology of mandamus

Latin, we enjoin, from mandare


First Known Use: 1760


Law Dictionary

mandamus

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noun man·da·mus \man-ˈdā-məs\

Legal Definition of mandamus

  1. :  an extraordinary writ issued by a court of competent jurisdiction to an inferior tribunal, a public official, an administrative agency, a corporation, or any person compelling the performance of an act usually only when there is a duty under the law to perform the act, the plaintiff has a clear right to such performance, and there is no other adequate remedy available; also :  an action in the nature of a writ of mandamus in jurisdictions where the writ is abolished — compare cease-and-desist order at order, injunction, stay

mandamus

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Additional Notes on mandamus

Mandamus is an extraordinary remedy and is issued usually only to command the performance of a ministerial act. It cannot be used to substitute the court's judgment for the defendant's in the performance of a discretionary act.

Origin and Etymology of mandamus

Latin, we enjoin, from mandare to enjoin


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