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Multiple Meanings
mandate — as in:  a legal mandate

The law mandates that an appeal be filed for all convicts on death row.
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
mandate — as in:  the election gave her a mandate

Having been elected by overwhelming majority, he claimed a mandate from the American people.
power given to someone to do something — especially a government to implement policies based on an electoral victory
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