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mandate

noun [C usually singular] (AUTHORITY)    /ˈmæn.deɪt/
the authority given to an elected group of people, such as a government, to perform an action or govern a country: At the forthcoming elections, the government will be seeking a fresh mandate from the people. [+ to infinitive] The president secured the Congressional mandate to go to war by three votes.Elections
(Definition of mandate noun (AUTHORITY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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