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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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BMS then filed a petition for the California Court of Appeal for a writ of mandate.
County Superior Court for a Writ of Mandate to annul the Department of Public Healths (Public Health) Cleaning Directive because it is not necessary to address any public health hazard.
The insurer petitioners did not provide the court with facts needed to receive a writ of mandate nor did they present any evidence that they would lose their right to question any award of appraisers in a trial court or an appellate court if the appraisers exceeded their responsibility.
The appellate court summarily denied the writ of mandate.
Defendants Appealed to the Court of Appeal of California filing petitions for a writ of mandate, challenging the denial of their motions to quash.
Nasim filed a petition for writ of mandate to order the hospital to reinstate his privileges in nephrology.
The hospital petitioned the Court of Appeals of California for a writ of mandate compelling the trial court to vacate its order denying the motion to strike the punitive damage claim in the plaintiff's complaint and enter a new order granting the hospital's motion.
In July, in a filing for a writ of mandate, city officials accused the hospital board of violating California's open-meeting laws by discussing the site acquisition in a closed session when that issue was not disclosed on the meeting agenda.
The hospital filed a motion for a Writ of Mandate to vacate the trial court's order.
In October, the court issued a writ of mandate ordering the FTB not to follow Hisserich for purposes of determining head of household filing status.
The CPRA allows a taxpayer to seek injunctive or declarative relief or a writ of mandate to compel disclosure of withheld records in the superior court of the county where the records are situated.