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  1. Plural of manifesto


  1. third-person singular of manifesto

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:


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