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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 expert whose views are taken as definitive; " he is an authority on corporate law"
  7. 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.
  8. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
  9. 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.
  10. That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.
  11. Testimony; witness.
  12. A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent.
  13. Justification; warrant.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Power; sway; rule; source; permission.
  17. The right to command; power; control.
  18. A ruler or rulers; that which commands confidence.
  19. 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.
  20. Legal power; rule; influence; credit.

Usage examples for authority

  1. " You stop it, Harry, if you have the authority. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  2. Here was her father come at last with authority to claim her. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  3. 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
  4. She would do nothing without my authority, of course?" – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  5. 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
  6. I must exercise my authority. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. They stand on bad authority, viz. – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
  10. 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
  11. She has authority of some kind from her brother. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  12. 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
  13. I will give you a written authority to do so. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  14. 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
  15. An Indian looked up quickly at the sound of her keen tone of authority. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. On whose authority, may I ask? – The Plunderer by Roy Norton
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