Could someone please tell me the difference between injunction, mandate, and verdict? I think they are synonyms, but their usage is different.

I have software for learning English vocabulary, where it's implied that injunction means mandate. However, from what I have concluded based on different dictionaries, injunction is some kind of court order. On the other hand, mandate seems to be an official order that someone gives to someone else. For example, voters give a mandate to an elected president.

So I think that an injunction is always some kind of mandate, but a mandate is not necessarily some kind of injunction. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  • Can you clarify how the dictionary definitions are not sufficient? It looks like you haven't done any research for this question, and unless you edit the question to show research, this question will eventually be closed as "General Reference". – Nick2253 Dec 19 '14 at 16:31
  • I did research about this however never came to a conclusion. maybe its because of my lack of understanding of words related to the concept of law. – DSL Dec 19 '14 at 16:39
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    Then you should edit the question to clarify your problems based on dictionary definitions, legal articles, or something. Right now, it looks like you saw those three words, thought "Hmm, those seem like they're the same but I'm not sure", and then posted here. – Nick2253 Dec 19 '14 at 16:40
  • I have made some clarification to my question hope it might help. – DSL Dec 19 '14 at 16:57
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    Much improved :) – Nick2253 Dec 19 '14 at 16:59

In general, an injunction stops somebody from doing something, a mandate requires somebody to do something, and a verdict is the final decision handed down by the bench.

In light of the edit: Black's definition of mandate. Note that a mandate is directed at the official responsible for enforcement, and it's a mandate to enforce the will of the court.

An injunction is directed at a defendant, and is not a mandate.

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    in the link it say : "the mandate is a precept or order issued upon the decision of an appeal or writ of error, directing the action to be taken" So could I roughly say that a mandate is an order to apply an injunction? – DSL Dec 19 '14 at 17:46
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    Kind of? An injunction is already an order to apply an injunction, but a mandate could be an order for an injunction to be enforced. – Gerger Dec 19 '14 at 17:56

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