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nounplural noun manifestos

  • A public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.

    ‘a manifesto for gay liberation’
    • ‘manifesto commitments’
    • ‘It is entirely in Spanish and contains party proclamations and political manifestos.’
    • ‘For the past three elections the Labour Party has issued a manifesto of its aims and objectives.’
    • ‘Study of the parties' election manifestos shows that the parties have differentiated themselves on many policy matters.’
    • ‘Parties' election manifestos aren't so much promises of what they will do as what they would like to do, if they can get the support.’
    • ‘A situation is needed where genuine alternative policies contained in party manifestos are put forward.’
    • ‘Too often in the past, our youth have been featured prominently in the glossy manifestos of all political parties.’
    • ‘The big parties' election manifestos also reflect this obsession.’
    • ‘At the national level the parties publish their manifestos setting out the policies they will implement if they win the election.’
    • ‘If correct this will show the manifestos of the political parties in a more favourable light.’
    • ‘We'll also issue manifestos, mission statements and declarations.’
    • ‘Look for them in the political manifestos, in executive directives, in the next letter from your friendly consultant.’
    • ‘It will be fascinating to see how much attention the main parties pay, in manifestos and the campaign, to economic and business issues.’
    • ‘To a greater or lesser extent, the manifestos of the major political parties have been exercises in fantasy.’
    • ‘All parties are likely to include a pledge in their election manifestos ruling out such a move.’
    • ‘The only remaining option is the political route of making a clear proposal in the election manifesto.’
    • ‘In 1945, the manifestos for all three parties stressed the need to retain control of the production and distribution of food.’
    • ‘I have learned not to take any notice of parties' manifestos.’
    • ‘This pursuit of risk avoidance has become the mantra of health care and is now a political manifesto pledge.’
    • ‘He's the only politician featured in the manifesto document and has his picture on every page.’
    • ‘Pressure needs to be stepped up to force the government to honour its manifesto pledge.’
    policy statement, platform, programme, declaration, proclamation, pronouncement, announcement, publication, notification
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/ˌmanəˈfestō/ /ˌmænəˈfɛstoʊ/


Mid 17th century from Italian, from manifestare, from Latin, ‘make public’, from manifestus ‘obvious’ (see manifest).