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Meaning of authority

au•thor•i•ty

Pronunciation: (u-thôr'i-tē, u-thor'-), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.
  2. a power or right delegated or given; authorization: Who has the authority to grant permission?
  3. a person or body of persons in whom authority is vested, as a governmental agency.
  4. Usually,persons having the legal power to make and enforce the law; government: They finally persuaded the authorities that they were not involved in espionage.
  5. an accepted source of information, advice, etc.
  6. a quotation or citation from such a source.
  7. an expert on a subject: He is an authority on baseball.
  8. persuasive force; conviction: She spoke with authority.
  9. a statute, court rule, or judicial decision that establishes a rule or principle of law; a ruling.
  10. right to respect or acceptance of one's word, command, thought, etc.; commanding influence: the authority of a parent; the authority of a great writer.
  11. mastery in execution or performance, as of a work of art or literature or a piece of music.
  12. a warrant for action; justification.
  13. testimony; witness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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