Mandate vs Empower - What's the difference?

mandate | empower |

As verbs the difference between mandate and empower

is that mandate is while empower is to give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.



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

  • to authorize
  • to make mandatory
  • Derived terms

    * mandatary * mandator * mandatory



    Alternative forms

    * empowre (archaic) * impower (archaic) * impowre (obsolete)


    (en verb)
  • To give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1985, author=William H. Tench, title=Safety is no accident
  • , passage=Regulations have been made under the Civil Aviation Acts of 1949, 1980 and 1982 which empower Inspectors of Accidents to do these things.}}
  • To give someone more confidence and/or strength to do something, often by enabling them to increase their control over their own life or situation.
  • It's not enough to give women and minorities equal rights on paper; they need to be empowered to be able to make use of these rights.
    John found that starting up his own business empowered him greatly in social situations.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1992, author=Nick Logan, title=The Face, page=11-130
  • , passage=Musically, what originally attracted me to dance was its shamanist aspects, using natural magic to change people's neurological states and to psychologically empower them.}}


    * (give permission to) allow, let, permit * (give confidence to) inspire


    * (give permission to) ban, bar, forbid, prohibit * (give confidence to) disempower, dishearten, disspirit

    Derived terms

    * empowerment