Written authorization and/or command by a person, group, or organization (the 'mandator') to another (the 'mandatary') to take a certain course of action. Normally revocable until executed, a mandate is automatically terminated on the bankruptcy, incapacitation, removal from office, or death of the mandator. A check, for example, is a mandate issued by a customer of a bank, to pay it as instructed, from a customer's account balance.

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  • The recent controversial mandate requiring all employees to follow an identical dress code regardless of their gender was lifted yesterday.

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  • There was a mandate that the candidate kiss a baby, but defied and and predictably lost the very important senate race.

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  • The North Korean government mandates that no North Koreans can leave the country without first obtain permission from the government which is difficult to come by.

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