apparent authority - Business Definition
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Responsibility of a principal when a third party has reason to believe that an agent of the principal has authority to bind the principal. For example, a customer (third party) may believe that a salesperson (agent) has the authority to quote a price that commits his employer (principal).
apparent authority - Legal Definition