mandamus [man-dey-muh s]Law. ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural man·da·mus·es.

  1. a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.

verb (used with object)

  1. to intimidate or serve with such writ.

Origin of mandamus From the Latin word mandāmus we command Examples from the Web for mandamus Historical Examples of mandamus

  • They will move, therefore, in the Queen’s Bench, for a mandamus—’

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • They rejected her application, whereupon she applied for a mandamus.

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV


  • Then they filed a mandamus to compel it to do so, and brought the matter into the courts.

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV


  • And, by the way, isn’t there such a writ as a mandamus, or a duces tecum?

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • But, in 1774, he was an addressor of Hutchinson, and was appointed a mandamus councillor.

    Tea Leaves


  • British Dictionary definitions for mandamus mandamus noun plural -muses

    1. 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

    Word Origin for mandamus C16: Latin, literally: we command, from mandāre to command Word Origin and History for mandamus n.

    1530s, “writ from a superior court to an inferior one, specifying that something be done,” (late 14c. in Anglo-French), from Latin, literally “we order,” first person plural present indicative of mandare “to order” (see mandate (n.)).

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