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    authority - Dictionary definition and meaning for word authority

    Definition
    (noun) the power or right to give orders or make decisions
    Example Sentence
    • he has the authority to issue warrants
    • deputies are given authorization to make arrests
    • a place of potency in the state
    Definition
    (noun) (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
    Example Sentence
    • the authorities have issued a curfew
    Definition
    (noun) an expert whose views are taken as definitive
    Example Sentence
    • he is an authority on corporate law
    Definition
    (noun) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
    Example Sentence
    • his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular
    • after that failure he lost his confidence
    • she spoke with authority
    Definition
    (noun) an administrative unit of government
    Example Sentence
    • the Central Intelligence Agency
    • the Census Bureau
    • Office of Management and Budget
    • Tennessee Valley Authority
    Definition
    (noun) official permission or approval
    Example Sentence
    • authority for the program was renewed several times
    Definition
    (noun) an authoritative written work
    Example Sentence
    • this book is the final authority on the life of Milton
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