Power-of-attorney Definition

powers-of-attorney
noun
A written statement legally authorizing a person to act for another.
Webster's New World
A legal instrument granting such authority.
American Heritage
A written instrument whereby someone is granted the right to perform certain acts as the agent of the grantor; that is, acting in the grantor’s behalf.
Webster's New World Law
The actual authority granted in this way.
Webster's New World Law
other
A written, legal document that authorizes another person to act for the writer of the power of attorney. The power of attorney may be narrowly defined, in which case it would be called a limited power of attorney. A power of attorney also may be limited to deciding health care issues, in which case it is called a health care power of attorney.
Webster's New World Finance
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Other Word Forms of Power-of-attorney

Noun

Singular:
power-of-attorney
Plural:
powers-of-attorney

Origin of Power-of-attorney

  • From earlier sense of attorney indicating any personal representative.

    From Wiktionary

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