Authority meaning

ə-thôrĭ-tē, ə-thŏr-, ô-
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Authority is defined as a person who is considered an expert in his field.

A philosophy scholar who publishes books is an example of an authority.

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Confidence derived from experience or practice; firm self-assurance.

Played the sonata with authority.

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Power to influence or persuade resulting from knowledge or experience.

Political observers who acquire authority with age.

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Justification; grounds.

On what authority do you make such a claim?

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Authority that can be reasonably inferred by a third party to have been given to an agent based upon the third party’s dealings with the principal or upon the principal’s representations even if the principal did not intend to give the agent such authority.
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Reliability of a source or witness.
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A public agency or corporation with administrative powers in a specified field.

A city transit authority.

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Self-assurance and expertness that come with experience.

The pianist's performance lacked authority.

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The right or power to command, govern, or enforce obedience.
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The definition of an authority is a public organization that controls an area or certain activities.

A corporation that provides bus service in a city is an example of a transit authority.

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The authorization, permission, power, or right to act on another’s behalf and to bind them by such actions. See also agency, agent, and principal.
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(uncountable) The power to enforce rules or give orders.

I have the authority to penalise the staff in my department, but not the authority to sack them. She lost all her respect and authority after turning up drunk to the meeting. Respect my authority!

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Power or influence resulting from knowledge, prestige, etc.
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A legal writing, such as a judicial decision, law review article or legal treatise, or a statute’s legislative history that provides information or insight on how to interpret and apply the law. See also precedent.
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Authority, express or implied, intentionally given by a principal to an agent.
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Authority that is detrimental to a party’s argument or position regarding a question or an issue. Usually, when a lawyer finds such authority, he is under an ethical obligation to reveal it to the court, but it is done in such a way (for example, arguing that the decision in a previous case should be narrowly construed or was wrongly decided) as to minimize the authority’s effect upon his client’s case.
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Authority that analyzes and explains the law, but is not issued by a court or legislature. For example, an annotation, law review article, or legal treatise.
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(countable) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.

The world's foremost authority on orangutans.

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Power assigned to another; authorization.

Deputies were given authority to make arrests.

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A conclusive statement or decision that may be taken as a guide or precedent.
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Such power as delegated to another; authorization; warrant.

He has my authority to do it.

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A person with much knowledge or experience in some field, whose information or opinion is hence reliable; expert.
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Authority that is not binding on a court but still merits consideration. For example, a scholarly work or the decision of a higher court in another jurisdiction.
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Authority that is issued by law-making bodies, such as a court’s decision or a statute’s legislative history.
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(used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.
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Origin of authority

  • Middle English auctorite from Old French autorite from Latin auctōritās auctōritāt- from auctor creator author

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English autorite (“book or quotation that settles an argument”), from Old French auctorité, from Latin stem of auctoritas (“invention, advice, opinion, influence, command”), from auctor (“master, leader, author”)

    From Wiktionary