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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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