Definition of manifesto in English:



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

    • ‘Look for them in the political manifestos, in executive directives, in the next letter from your friendly consultant.’
    • ‘It is entirely in Spanish and contains party proclamations and political manifestos.’
    • ‘The big parties' election manifestos also reflect this obsession.’
    • ‘For the past three elections the Labour Party has issued a manifesto of its aims and objectives.’
    • ‘Too often in the past, our youth have been featured prominently in the glossy manifestos of all political parties.’
    • ‘If correct this will show the manifestos of the political parties in a more favourable light.’
    • ‘To a greater or lesser extent, the manifestos of the major political parties have been exercises in fantasy.’
    • ‘Pressure needs to be stepped up to force the government to honour its manifesto pledge.’
    • ‘This pursuit of risk avoidance has become the mantra of health care and is now a political manifesto pledge.’
    • ‘We'll also issue manifestos, mission statements and declarations.’
    • ‘He's the only politician featured in the manifesto document and has his picture on every page.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the national level the parties publish their manifestos setting out the policies they will implement if they win the election.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have learned not to take any notice of parties' manifestos.’
    • ‘In 1945, the manifestos for all three parties stressed the need to retain control of the production and distribution of food.’
    • ‘It will be fascinating to see how much attention the main parties pay, in manifestos and the campaign, to economic and business issues.’
    policy statement, platform, programme, declaration, proclamation, pronouncement, announcement, publication, notification
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Mid 17th century: from Italian, from manifestare, from Latin, ‘make public’, from manifestus ‘obvious’ (see manifest).