Meaning of mandamus

man•da•mus

Pronunciation: (man-dā'mus), [key]
— n., pl. v. -mus•es,
—n.
  1. a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.
—v.t.
  1. to intimidate or serve with such writ.
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