Definition of mandate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmændeɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændeɪt//
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  1. 1the authority to do something, given to a government or other organization by the people who vote for it in an election mandate (to do something) The election victory gave the party a clear mandate to continue its programme of reform. mandate (for something) a mandate for an end to the civil war See related entries: Elections
  2. 2the period of time for which a government is given power The presidential mandate is limited to two terms of four years each.
  3. 3mandate (to do something) (formal) an official order given to somebody to perform a particular task The bank had no mandate to honour the cheque.
  4. 4the power given to a country to govern another country or region, especially in the past The Cook Islands mandate was given to New Zealand.
  5. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Latin mandatum ‘something commanded’, neuter past participle of mandare, from manus ‘hand’ + dare ‘give’. Senses 1 and 2 of the noun have been influenced by French mandat.Extra examples It is undemocratic to govern an area without an electoral mandate. She has received a clear mandate for educational reform. The mandate ran until 1947. The party sought a mandate to reform the constitution. The party was elected with a mandate to reduce the size of government. They accused him of acting without a mandate. They ruled the country under a United Nations mandate. a mandate from the United Nations to govern the territory Troops moved into the country to restore order under a UN mandate.
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