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1. Politics the support or commission given to a government and its policies or an elected representative and his policies through an electoral victory
2. (formerly) any of the territories under the trusteeship of the League of Nations administered by one of its member states
a. Roman law a contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
b. Contract law a contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
c. Scots law a contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another



authorization, commission. The term “mandate” also refers to a document that confirms a particular person’s authority (for example, the mandate of a deputy). The term originated in Roman law to signify a contract of agency.

In international law at the time of the founding of the League of Nations the term “mandate” meant the authority given to a particular state to govern parts of Turkish possessions or former German colonies in the name of the League.

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Legislators focused on mandated benefits as a way to show that they were "doing something" about the "problems" of managed care or "gaps" in the health care system.
Over the last twenty years the number of state mandated benefits has grown to 2,271.
A particular case may arise when the mandated benefit is of value to a specific identifiable group, such as women, but there are barriers to relative wage adjustment.
A school district or private school that opts to discontinue or modify mandated activities must annually maintain and update a list of such activities and provide the list to the State Board of Education upon request.
How much conformity to state mandated curricular objectives should there be in teaching/learning, as compared to novel, unique objectives in teaching and learning?
For all practical purposes, people don't like to be mandated to, especially state DOTs," Amirkhanian adds.
While good arguments exist for consumers to choose mandated coverages--like prostate and mammography exams--there's no reason responsible adults shouldn't be able to choose to pay for those coverages apart from the insurance company.
A majority of officers have mastered much of the mandated training and often work in areas where the training has little job relevancy.
The cost of implementing federally mandated programs to state governments will reach more than $29 billion in fiscal year 2004, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
This online subscription service was designed to help educators comply with the parental communication requirements mandated by No Child Left Behind and other federal and state mandates regarding communication of legal and policy matters to all parents in languages they can understand.
It's important to know that your data will be protected and easily accessible at all times during the government mandated time periods.
How can the IRS ensure the independence of Appeals (as mandated by IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998) while intimating that valuation disputes--which are inherently factual--can be resolved in a formulary, cookie-cutter manner?