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Definition of mandate:

  1. A contract by which one employs another to manage any business for him. By the Roman law, it must have been gratuitous.
  2. 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.
  3. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.

Synonyms:

authorisation, behest, canon, bidding, say-so, ability, order, legislation, decree, polity, authorization, ordinance, regulation, sanction, word, instruction, principle, enactment, competency, competence, mandatary, code, words, commandment, economy, dominance, over, statute, injunction, jurisprudence, formula, mandatory, edict, directive.

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