1. [syn: mandatary, mandatory]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mandatary \Man"da*ta*ry\, n. [L. mandatarius, fr. mandatum a
charge, commission, order: cf. F. mandataire. See Mandate.]
1. One to whom a command or charge is given; hence,
specifically, a person to whom the pope has, by his
prerogative, given a mandate or order for his benefice.
2. (Law) One who undertakes to discharge a specific business
commission; a mandatory. --Wharton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the recipient of a mandate [syn: mandatary, mandatory]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
MANDATARY, contracts. One who undertakes to perform a mandate. Jones' Bailm.
53; Story on Bailm. 38. Dr. Halifax calls him mandatee. Halif. Anal. Civ.
Law, 70, Sec. 16, 17.
2. It is the duty of a mere mandatory, it is said, to take ordinary
care of the property entrusted to him. Vide Negligence. But it has been held
that he is liable only for gross negligence. 14 S. & R. 275; 2 Hawks, R.
145; 2 Murph. R. 373; 3 Dana, R. 205; 3 Mason, R. 132; 11 Wend, R. 25;
Wright, R. 598; 1 Bouv. 1st. n. 1073.