Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A writ issued by a court requiring a public official or entity to perform a duty associated with that office or entity.
  • noun A legal proceeding seeking such a writ.
  • transitive verb To serve or compel with such a writ.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To issue a mandamus to; serve with a mandamus.
  • noun In law, a writ issuing from a superior court, directed to an inferior court, an officer, a corporation, or other body, requiring the person or persons addressed to do some act therein specified, as being within their office and duty, as to admit or restore a person to an office or franchise, or to deliver papers, affix a seal to a paper, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) A writ issued by a superior court and directed to some inferior tribunal, or to some corporation or person exercising authority, commanding the performance of some specified duty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law A common law prerogative writ that compels a court or government officer to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin mandāmus "we command"

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