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Definitions of authority

  1. an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Testimony; witness. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Justification; warrant. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Power or right to act or command; dominion; power derived from respect or reputation; influence; justification or support for statement or action; a person with, or given, power to act or command; a ruler; one to whom appeal or reference can be made. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Legal power or right: power derived from office or character: weight of testimony: permission:-pl. AUTHORITIES, precedents: opinions or sayings carrying weight: persons in power. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Power; sway; rule; source; permission. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. The right to command; power; control. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A ruler or rulers; that which commands confidence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Legal power, or a right to command or to act; one, or in the plural, people, invested with this power; power, weight, or influence derived from rank, office, character, age, experience, &c.; what has power to determine on the ground of knowledge, credibility, or character; precedent, or official declaration. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Legal power; rule; influence; credit. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for authority

  1. " You stop it, Harry, if you have the authority – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  2. Here was her father come at last with authority to claim her. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
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