authority: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (u-thôr'i-tē, u-thor'-), [key]
— pl. -ties.
- the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.
- a power or right delegated or given; authorization: Who has the authority to grant permission?
- a person or body of persons in whom authority is vested, as a governmental agency.
- 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.
- an accepted source of information, advice, etc.
- a quotation or citation from such a source.
- an expert on a subject: He is an authority on baseball.
- persuasive force; conviction: She spoke with authority.
- a statute, court rule, or judicial decision that establishes a rule or principle of law; a ruling.
- 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.
- mastery in execution or performance, as of a work of art or literature or a piece of music.
- a warrant for action; justification.
- testimony; witness.
- authority (Thesaurus)