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Definition of "mandamus" [‖Man•da•mus]

  • A writ issued by a superior court ordering a public official or body or a lower court to perform a specified duty. (noun)
  • To serve or compel with such a writ. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mandamus" in a sentence
  • "Cap* Husk writes me to keep his mandamus to bring with me, and pray let L "ColP Sherburne write what he wou'd have done with his; and so much for mandamus*"
  • "Basically, it ` s an emergency stay and notice amend (ph), asking for a writ of mandamus, which is in a way saying that the judge didn ` t execute the law correctly."
  • "They've asked for something called a mandamus, an order from a judge to begin the count once again, that manual hand count."