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mandate -- as in: a legal mandate
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as in: a legal mandate Define
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
  • The law mandates that an appeal be filed for all convicts on death row.
  • Every mandate and program should have a sunset clause to ensure that it is regularly evaluated and continues to perform a necessary function.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- 06/29/06)
  • I obey the mandate
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • ...the Council of Vocations came to give us our life mandates which tell those who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • "We were having a dance party, Mrs. Harris," she says brightly, as if dancing around half naked and decked out in winter sports equipment was a Girl Scouts—mandated activity.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • It’s a routine mandated by Desi, my posh jailer, my spoiled courtier.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It’s mandated by Jewish law.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She asked about back— ground checks for the staff and emergency procedures, she wondered aloud how quickly complaints were resolved, and as she strolled the halls, she made it obvious that she was well aware of every code and regulation that had been mandated by law.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The mandated list of occupants clings to its front door.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And forget about making it back by nine o’clock, when the city has a mandated curfew for uncureds.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • She had a judge pulled out of chambers, and we had our court order mandating the release of Jenks’s manuscript Always a Bridesmaid.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Central to the Japanese identity was the belief that it was Japan’s divinely mandated right to rule its fellow Asians, whom it saw as inherently inferior.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Hospital emergency rooms have been forced to close, in part because so many poor, uninsured, nonpaying patients, including immigrants, are provided with free mandated care.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • They also house blood samples taken from most infants born in the United States since the late sixties, when states started mandating the screening of all newborns for genetic diseases.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I’d never written but a few words in my mandated diary.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • On the morning Carl Heine died—September 16—the sheriff was in the midst of an inventory at his office and had engaged the services of the new court stenographer, Mrs. Eleanor Dokes (who now sat primly below the judge’s bench recording everything with silent implacability), as an aide in this annual county-mandated endeavor.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Ramius nodded thoughtfully, thinking to himself that zampoliti really ought to know something about the ships they supervised, as mandated by Party doctrine.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • This was a radical departure from Fitzsimmons’s regular training practices, which mandated that exercise riders never use whips on their horses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Wrapped around the arms of that cross were wires of other kinds of battles—the veteran, the orphans, the husband, the laborers, confined to a village by the same forces that mandated the struggle.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Apparently, security precautions had mandated that the invitations be reissued.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Ronaldo spun a dial on the anesthesia cart, as if this news mandated a change in the gas mixture.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Those who had spawned Brewster Place, countless twilights ago, now mandated that it was to be condemned.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • And it mandated that employees who work more than forty hours a week be paid overtime wages for each additional hour.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Within days, because of my blunder, all boom operators were mandated to check every item on every meal prior to taking off.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • The federal government mandated high-stakes testing as part of the No Child Left Behind law, signed by President Bush in 2002.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Their simple mud dwellings were only temporary, a necessity mandated by the need to build so many houses in a short period of time.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Constitutionally mandated biennial elections will keep the liberties of the American people more secure than annual elections in other nations.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • When her husband died eight weeks ago, Jackie Kennedy had no place to go—protocol mandated that she move out of the White House immediately, which also meant an end to Caroline’s special schooling and John’s fondness for riding in Marine One.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • California racing rules mandated that no horse carry fewer than 100 pounds, and Seabiscuit was clearly more than 30 pounds better than most horses on the West Coast.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • It’s mandated that every child visit at least once in elementary school as part of the government’s anticrime, antiresistance education.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • What percentage of mandates over five years old have not been reviewed?
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- 06/29/06)
  • The new director of the school board mandated regular tests.
  • Their response, of course, is not to question the mandate but to demand another layer of regulation...
    Michael S. Greve  --  Subprime, but not Half-Bad  -- 06/29/06)
  • His pow’rful mandate to you: "Do this or this;"
    Shakespeare, William  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • But his soldiers deemed that he had spoken the fatal mandate, "Fire"
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Grandfather’s Chair
  • Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time, he obeyed.
    London, Jack  --  The Call of the Wild
  • "Go out of the room; return to the nursery," was her mandate.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • My readers have told me what to do with Dorothy, and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and I have obeyed their mandates.
    Baum, L. Frank  --  The Emerald City of Oz
  • And the treaty’s specific provisions, mandating global redistribution of resources, ... reflect the sort of statist panaceas that were discredited by the historical wave that swept away Soviet-style communism and lesser socialist variants around the globe.
    Doug Bandow  --  The Law of the Sea Treaty  -- 06/29/06)
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as in: a legal mandate Define
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
as in: the election gave her a mandate Define
power given to someone to do something -- especially a government to implement policies based on an electoral victory
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