Decree vs Mandate - What's the difference?

decree | mandate |


As nouns the difference between decree and mandate

is that decree is an edict or law while mandate is an official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.

As verbs the difference between decree and mandate

is that decree is to command by a decree while mandate is to authorize.

decree

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An edict or law.
  • * Bible, Luke ii. 1
  • There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree ?
  • (legal) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
  • (legal) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.
  • Usage notes

    * It is accurate to use the word judgment' for a decision of a '''court of law''', and '''decree''' from a ' court of equity , although the former term now includes both.

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Verb

    (d)
  • To command by a decree.
  • A court decrees a restoration of property.
  • * Bible, Job xxii. 28
  • Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.

    Anagrams

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    mandate

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.
  • Verb

    (mandat)
  • to authorize
  • to make mandatory
  • Derived terms

    * mandatary * mandator * mandatory