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authority

noun (n)

  • the power or right to give orders or make decisions (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He has the authority to issue warrants.
    source: wordnet30
  • (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • an expert whose views are taken as definitive (noun.person)
    Example:
    He is an authority on corporate law.
    source: wordnet30
  • freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    She spoke with authority.
    source: wordnet30
  • an administrative unit of government (noun.group)
    Example:
    Tennessee Valley Authority.
    source: wordnet30
  • official permission or approval (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    Authority for the program was renewed several times.
    source: wordnet30
  • an authoritative written work (noun.communication)
    Example:
    This book is the final authority on the life of Milton.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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