Definitions for: Authority


[n] official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
[n] the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
[n] 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"
[n] an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
[n] an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
[n] an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
[n] (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"



Webster (1913) Definition: Au*thor"i*ty, n.; pl. Authorities. [OE. autorite,
auctorite, F. autorit['e], fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See
Author, n.]
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.

Thus can the demigod, Authority, Make us pay down
for our offense. --Shak.

By what authority doest thou these things ? --Matt.
xxi. 23.

2. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or
command; as, the local authorities of the States; the
military authorities. [Chiefly in the plural.]

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. That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in
support of opinions, actions, measures, etc. Hence:
(a) Testimony; witness. ``And on that high authority had
believed.'' --Milton.
(b) A precedent; a decision of a court, an official
declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement
worthy to be taken as a precedent.
(c) A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the
author of the book.
(d) Justification; warrant.

Wilt thou be glass wherein it shall discern
Authority for sin, warrant for blame. --Shak.

Synonyms: agency, assurance, authorisation, authorization, bureau, confidence, dominance, federal agency, government agency, office, sanction, say-so, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness

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