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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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Iddio permette (altro e permettere, altro e volere, mandare, decretare) tutte queste vicende della libera volonta umana, perche Egli e rispettoso della nostra liberta [...].
/ Le mandare sobre tablas un ejemplar depurado de los errores y barbaridades que el caballero Biedma puso en mi boca, o mejor, en mi pluma" (Cymerman 2007: 638).
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