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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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Other health requirements were imposed, such as a provision mandating states to require the testing of all newborns for HIV as a condition for receipt of Ryan White grants.
Much has been made of the small business lobbies' campaign against mandating that employers pay for some percentage of their workers' insurance.
Another delegate during the discussion said unfunded mandates eliminate accountability at the mandating level in that they try to separate the pleasure (of passing new popular programs) from the pain (of finding a way to fund those program).