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Definitions of authority

  1. an administrative unit of government; " the Central Intelligence Agency"; " the Census Bureau"; " Office of Management and Budget"; " Tennessee Valley Authority"
  2. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; " his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; " after that failure he lost his confidence"; " she spoke with authority"
  3. official permission or approval; " authority for the program was renewed several times"
  4. the power or right to give orders or make decisions; " he has the authority to issue warrants"; " deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
  5. ( usually plural) persons who exercise ( administrative) control over others; " the authorities have issued a curfew"
  6. an authoritative written work; " this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
  7. an expert whose views are taken as definitive; " he is an authority on corporate law"
  8. Legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court.
  9. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
  10. The power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority.
  11. That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.
  12. Testimony; witness.
  13. A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent.
  14. A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book.
  15. Justification; warrant.
  16. Power or right to act or command; dominion; power derived from respect or reputation; influence; justification or support for statement or action; a person with, or given, power to act or command; a ruler; one to whom appeal or reference can be made.
  17. Legal power or right: power derived from office or character: weight of testimony: permission:- pl. AUTHORITIES, precedents: opinions or sayings carrying weight: persons in power.
  18. Power; sway; rule; source; permission.
  19. The right to command; power; control.
  20. A ruler or rulers; that which commands confidence.
  21. Legal power, or a right to command or to act; one, or in the plural, people, invested with this power; power, weight, or influence derived from rank, office, character, age, experience, & c.; what has power to determine on the ground of knowledge, credibility, or character; precedent, or official declaration.
  22. Legal power; rule; influence; credit.
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Quotes of authority

  1. Now they call in all of the authority figures they can find and hire them- the cost has gone up. The picture may or may not get better, but definitely, it gets more cumbersome. – Don Bluth
  2. The National Intelligence Director needs the authority to do the job we are asking him to do. That means power over the intelligence budget. And to be effective, to be allowed to do his or her job, they must have authority over the budget. – Leonard Boswell
  3. I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my life ever. – William J. Clinton
  4. They have the ability to take a person's freedom from them. On certain situations, they have the ability to take a person's reputation. And under certain circumstances, they have the authority to take a person's life. – Daryl Gates
  5. There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice. – Nadine Gordimer
  6. Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions. – Gustav Heinemann
  7. If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself- your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers. – Dee Hock
  8. Eighty percent of the problems that beset unification immediately disappeared when the President signed the bill increasing the authority and the responsibility of the Secretary of Defense. – Louis A. Johnson
  9. The international community and Israel have the same opinion regarding the Hamas government. We don't say we are going to boycott it forever. We say the Hamas government must abide by the obligations the Palestinian Authority has signed. – Moshe Katsav
  10. We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority – David Herbert Lawrence
  11. Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out. – Ronald Reagan
  12. No man has any natural authority over his fellow men. – Jean Jacques Rousseau
  13. A king is always a king- and a woman always a woman: his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse. – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  14. Every one of our greatest national treasures, our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth, military power, global authority flow from a surprising source: our ability to give thanks. – Tony Snow
  15. I didn't have any concept of age or authority I remember realising, Oh, the world has rules and we don't. – Moon Unit Zappa

Usage examples for authority

  1. An Indian looked up quickly at the sound of her keen tone of authority – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  2. " You stop it, Harry, if you have the authority – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  3. If I were to speak to him at all, it must be with authority with the right of one who stood in the place of the girl's parents, and had her happiness at heart. – An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga by William Dean Howells
  4. She has authority of some kind from her brother. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  5. They stand on bad authority viz. – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
  6. Where is the truth- the reason- the proof- the authority – The Reign of Law A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields by James Lane Allen
  7. This took place about the first of July, 1838." The following is given upon the authority of Rev. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  8. You ask me by what authority I thus speak. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. Here was her father come at last with authority to claim her. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  10. I must exercise my authority – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  11. I have not the authority to do so, and if I had, I would not trouble her for the world. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. He, at least, had no authority over her, and she knew herself well enough to be confident of her own strength. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  13. She would do nothing without my authority of course?" – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  14. For the first time in his life the boy found himself with responsibility, authority and money in his hands. – The Pioneers by Katharine Susannah Prichard
  15. He in the mean time thought it best to watch the boys and young men for a day or two with as little show of authority as possible. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. In a month or two I will enter thy kingdom with fire and sword, and destroy thy authority and thee. – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  17. Madame Taboureau was not only an intimate friend of Lisa's, but an accepted authority on every subject. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  18. I will give you a written authority to do so. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  19. It was agreed between them, however, that Mr. Lanley, without authority should go and look the situation over. – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  20. On whose authority may I ask? – The Plunderer by Roy Norton