mandate

noun
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \

Definition of mandate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an authoritative command especially : a formal order from a superior court or official to an inferior one
2 : an authorization to act given to a representative accepted the mandate of the people
3a : an order or commission granted by the League of Nations to a member nation for the establishment of a responsible government over a former German colony or other conquered territory
b : a mandated territory

mandate

verb
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \
mandated; mandating

Definition of mandate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to administer or assign (something, such as a territory) under a mandate
2 : to officially require (something) : make (something) mandatory : order a law mandating recycling also : to direct or require (someone) to do something a commission mandated to investigate corruption

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When Should You Use mandate?

A mandate from a leader is a command you can't refuse. But that kind of personal command is rarely the meaning of mandate today; much more common are connected with institutions. Thus, the Clean Air Act was a mandate from Congress to clean up air pollution—and since mandate is also a verb, we could say instead that the Clear Air Act mandated new restrictions on air pollution. Elections are often interpreted as mandates from the public for certain kinds of action. But since a politician is not just a symbol of certain policies but also an individual who might happen to have an awfully nice smile, it can be risky to interpret most elections as mandating anything at all.

Examples of mandate in a Sentence

Noun Sports fans have considerable forbearance. Year after year they endure escalating ticket prices, the abomination known as seat licensing and the implied mandate that taxpayers should foot the bill for the new stadium or arena that will absolutely revive downtown. — Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 30 July 2007 All provisions requiring congressional approval, such as FDA regulation, were dropped, as were mandates for stronger package warnings, tighter enforcement on sales to youth, stronger public smoking bans, and … provisions to reduce youth smoking. — Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007 Not the least of the Governors' problems are the new mandates being put on them by Washington—by a President who was once one of their own. — Karen Tumulty, Time, 19 May 2003 Royal mandates must be obeyed. They carried out the governor's mandate to build more roads. He won the election so convincingly that he believed he had been given a mandate for change. Verb The carbon prices on the European exchanges are higher precisely because the allowances for carbon emissions are mandated by government. — Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006 But the FDA did nothing. Later, it protested that it doesn't have the authority to mandate additional studies once a drug is marketed, but that is sophistry. The FDA has the authority to pull drugs off the market … — Marcia Angell, New York Review of Books, 8 June 2006 For a few tantalizing weeks this spring, the manufacturers of gun safety locks seemed to have hit the jackpot: the gun-control bill passed by the Senate in the wake of the Littleton shootings mandated that all new handguns be equipped with safety locks. — Calvin Trillin, Time, 5 July 1999 The law mandates that every car have seat belts. He won the election so convincingly that he believed the people had mandated him to carry out his policies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Ron Noble of McMinnville, questioned why most businesses, but not state and city governments, would be covered by the mandate. oregonlive, "Cash requirement, hair discrimination bill passes Oregon House," 20 Feb. 2020 The 17 plaintiffs’ trial contending the constitutionality of the LFO mandate is still pending in Florida and is slated to begin in April, Abudu said. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "Federal appeals court rules against Florida's restriction on former felons from voting over fines," 19 Feb. 2020 Previously, all Americans were required to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but Congress repealed the federal mandate in 2017. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Covered California enrollment holds steady amid nationwide Obamacare decline," 18 Feb. 2020 Which, to be clear, is precisely what the ACDC mandates. Rahul Kashyap, Quartz, "The hack back bill legitimizes a messy game of revenge for businesses," 15 Jan. 2020 In 2017, the nation’s anti-graft ombudsman tried to remove references in the constitution to the Reserve Bank’s inflation mandate, but that was struck down by a court ruling. Rene Vollgraaff, Bloomberg.com, "South Africa’s ANC Commits to Reserve Bank Mandate, Independence," 11 Jan. 2020 An appeals court upheld a Texas judge’s earlier ruling that the Obamacare mandate that everyone is covered by health insurance was null and void because Republicans did away with the tax penalty to enforce it. Laura Packard, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Obamacare saved my life, now it’s on the brink of destruction," 23 Dec. 2019 President Reuven Rivlin is to formally grant the mandate later Wednesday to Gantz, who will have 28 days to form a coalition. Fox News, "Benny Gantz to get shot at forming Israel government after Netanyahu failure," 23 Oct. 2019 In West Africa, the Africa Command’s mandate is to advise and assist, whereas in East Africa, where most of the U.S. troops are located, forces also accompany African troops on missions. Washington Post, "U.S. ponders cutting military forces in Africa; allies worry," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not all Nazi-hunting groups were government-mandated. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind Jordan Peele & Amazon’s 1970s Conspiracy Thriller Hunters," 3 Feb. 2020 Simmons has spent the past 3 days poring over the 11 papers Pruitt has written for his journal, going back to a data repository now mandated by his journal and others to check raw data. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider biologist denies suspicions of widespread data fraud in his animal personality research," 31 Jan. 2020 California and Colorado also have laws that mandate completely carbon-free energy by 2040 and 2045, respectively. TheWeek, "Arizona's biggest energy provider is going coal free by 2031 and carbon free by 2050," 22 Jan. 2020 Bolles quoted the Arizona Constitution that mandated the legislature to provide a system of common schools for all pupils. Richard Ruelas, AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The bill that turned a reporter and father into an advocate for children," 30 Dec. 2019 In 1882, France’s new republican government passed legislation mandating education for all children ages 6 to 13. Samantha Presnal, Quartzy, "Thanksgiving leftovers can be an outlet for creativity," 29 Nov. 2019 To build their lucrative drug networks in the U.S., CJNG bosses mandated discretion to dodge police attention. Beth Warren, courier-journal.com, "A ruthless Mexican drug lord’s empire is devastating families with its grip on small-town USA," 25 Nov. 2019 New York will be the first state that mandates the disclosure of ingredients used to make menstrual products on the packages or boxes that they are sold in. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "New York Becomes the First State to Require Disclosure of Menstrual Product Ingredients," 14 Oct. 2019 The Time’s Up movement, for one, has called for more diverse roles for women, while some television networks have mandated that women now be in the director’s chair, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meanwhile, Hollywood Is Still Messed Up," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mandate

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandate

Noun and Verb

Middle French & Latin; Middle French mandat, from Latin mandatum, from neuter of mandatus, past participle of mandare to entrust, enjoin, probably irregular from manus hand + -dere to put — more at manual, do

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mandate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandates. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for mandate

mandate

noun
How to pronounce mandate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mandate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: an official order to do something
: the power to act that voters give to their elected leaders

mandate

verb
How to pronounce mandate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mandate (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, formal
: to officially demand or require (something)
: to officially give (someone) the power to do something

mandate

noun
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \

Kids Definition of mandate

1 : an order from a higher court to a lower court
2 : a command or instruction from an authority
3 : the instruction given by voters to their elected representatives

mandate

noun
man·​date | \ ˈman-ˌdāt How to pronounce mandate (audio) \

Legal Definition of mandate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a formal communication from a reviewing court notifying the court below of its judgment and directing the lower court to act accordingly
2 in the civil law of Louisiana : an act by which a person gives another person the power to transact for him or her one or several affairs
3a : an authoritative command : a clear authorization or direction the mandate of the full faith and credit clauseNational Law Journal
b : the authorization to act given by a constituency to its elected representative
mandated; mandating

Legal Definition of mandate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make mandatory or required the Pennsylvania Constitution mandates a criminal defendant's right to confrontationNational Law Journal

History and Etymology for mandate

Noun

Latin mandatum, from neuter of mandatus, past participle of mandare to entrust, enjoin, probably irregularly from manus hand + -dere to put

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