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 (măn-dā′məs) Law
1. A writ issued by a court requiring a public official or entity to perform a duty associated with that office or entity.
2. A legal proceeding seeking such a writ.
tr.v. man·da·mused, man·da·mus·ing, man·da·mus·es
To serve or compel with such a writ.

[Latin mandāmus, we order (used in such a writ), first person pl. present tense of mandāre, to order; see man- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -muses
(Law) law formerly a writ from, now an order of, a superior court commanding an inferior tribunal, public official, corporation, etc, to carry out a public duty
[C16: Latin, literally: we command, from mandāre to command]


(mænˈdeɪ məs)

n., pl. -mus•es. Law.
a writ from a superior court commanding that a specified thing be done.
[< Latin mandāmus we command]


An order issued by a superior court requiring a lower court or public official to do something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mandamus - an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretionmandamus - an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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We are pleased with the Court of Appeals ruling denying GenSci's petition of mandamus and look forward to the upcoming trial," stated Richard W.
The case also makes clear that no federal court has a right, under the 1996 law, to issue a writ of mandamus to anyone, especially state and local elected officials:
The Republican Party filed a motion seeking leave to file a petition for writ of mandamus in the Texas Supreme Court and an emergency motion to stay the temporary order.
Business Week had two proper avenues that it could have pursued, either immediately to demand a hearing from the lower court judge or to file what is called a writ of mandamus in the appellate court.
In December 1998, the 5th Circuit rebuffed the state's effort to mandamus Justice to rule, allowing an extensive hearing to occur, but also requiring the judge to rule no later than March 1, 1999.
Marshall also said that the Judiciary Act of 1789 did permit the Supreme Court to issue writs of mandamus, as Marbury had argued.
Someone brought a writ of mandamus, telling the FTB not to apply the ruling.
In denying the Ecuadorian plaintiffs' mandamus petition, the Second Circuit rejected accusations that Judge Kaplan is biased and refused to recuse him or otherwise reassign the case.
Sheila Lavery, trainer of Mandamus He never travelled at Listowel and I'm hoping the ground was to blame.
Having appeared not to get home when third to Mandamus on easy ground in Cork last time, it could be that a drop back in trip, on polytrack, will suit him.
The plea has been filed against the decision seeking quashing of the notice and issuance of a writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writ, order directing the respondents to continue admissions under ECA quota for undergraduate programmes.
Tower Insurance Company (Tower) filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, asking the Supreme Court of Alabama to direct the circuit court to set aside its order appointing an umpire to resolve a dispute between the insurance company and the Cullman Bowling Center (Cullman) concerning a claim for damage to the roof of Cullman's commercial property.