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Dictionary Definition

manifesto n : a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government) [syn: pronunciamento] [also: manifestoes (pl)]

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[mid 17th century] Manifesto is derived from 'manifestare', which is Latin meaning 'make public'.


  • IPA: /ˌmæn.ə.'fɛʊ)/, SAMPA: /%m

Extensive Definition

A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature, but may also be life stance related. However, manifestos relating to religious belief are rather referred to as credo.


Manifesto [mid 17th century] is derived from the italian word 'manifestare', which is Latin meaning 'make public'.

Electoral manifestos

In some parliamentary democracies, political parties prepare electoral manifestos which set out both their strategic direction and outlines of prospective legislation should they win sufficient support in an election to serve in government. Legislative proposals which are featured in the manifesto of a party which has won an election are often regarded as having superior legitimacy to other measures which a governing party may introduce for consideration by the legislature. Although, in recent decades the status of electoral manifestos in the UK has diminished somewhat due to a significant tendency for winning parties to, following the election, either ignore, indefinitely delay, or even outright reject manifesto policies which were popular with the public.
The presidential democracy equivalent is the party platform.

Notable manifestos


Examples of notable manifestos:


manifesto in Czech: Manifest
manifesto in Danish: Manifest
manifesto in Spanish: Manifiesto
manifesto in Esperanto: Manifesto
manifesto in Persian: مرامنامه
manifesto in French: Manifeste
manifesto in Korean: 매니페스토
manifesto in Indonesian: Manifesto
manifesto in Italian: Manifesto (programma)
manifesto in Hebrew: מניפסט
manifesto in Dutch: Manifest
manifesto in Japanese: マニフェスト
manifesto in Norwegian: Manifest
manifesto in Portuguese: Manifesto
manifesto in Russian: Манифест
manifesto in Swedish: Manifest
manifesto in Turkish: Manifesto

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