Mandate may refer to: Mandate (criminal law), an official or authoritative command; an order or injunction. Mandate (international law), an obligation handed down by an inter-governmental body. Mandate (magazine), a monthly gay pornographic magazine.
In politics, a mandate is the authority granted by a constituency to act as its representative. The concept of a government having a legitimate mandate to govern via the fair winning of a democratic election is a central idea of representative democracy.
A League of Nations mandate was a legal status for certain territories transferred from the control of one country to another following World War I, or the legal instruments that contained the internationally agreed-upon terms for administering the territory on behalf of the League of Nations.