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Authority meaning

authority - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.
  5. 5. Testimony; witness.
  6. 6. A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent.
  7. 7. A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book.
  8. 8. Justification; warrant.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Power; sway; rule; source; permission.

authority - examples of usage

  1. I was told the following tale on good authority. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. His whole manner had become full of authority. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. " You've told me to do the very thing I wanted to do; but of course I'd never have done it without your authority. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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