Definitions for: Mandamus

[n] an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail

Webster (1913) Definition: Man*da"mus, n. [L., we command, fr. mandare to
command.] (Law)
A writ issued by a superior court and directed to some
inferior tribunal, or to some corporation or person
exercising authority, commanding the performance of some
specified duty.

Synonyms: writ of mandamus

See Also: judicial writ, writ

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