Authority

  • 1 authority — au·thor·i·ty n pl ties 1: an official decision of a court used esp. as a precedent 2 a: a power to act esp. over others that derives from status, position, or office the authority of the president; also: jurisdiction b: the power to act …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Authority — Au*thor i*ty, n.; pl. {Authorities}. [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit[ e], fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See {Author}, n.] 1. Legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 authority — [ə thôr′ə tē, əthär′ə tē] n. pl. authorities [ME autorite < OFr autorité, auctorité < L auctoritas < auctor, AUTHOR] 1. a) the power or right to give commands, enforce obedience, take action, or make final decisions; jurisdiction b) the… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 authority — (n.) early 13c., autorite book or quotation that settles an argument, from O.Fr. auctorité authority, prestige, right, permission, dignity, gravity; the Scriptures (12c.; Mod.Fr. autorité), from L. auctoritatem (nom. auctoritas) invention, advice …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 authority — [n1] power, control ascendancy, authorization, beef*, charge, clout*, command, credit, domination, dominion, edge, esteem, force, goods*, government, guts*, influence, juice*, jump, jurisdiction, leg up*, license, mastery, might, might and main* …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 authority — /auˈtɔriti, ingl. ɔːˈθHrɪtɪ/ [lett. «autorità»] s. f. inv. autorità, organo di vigilanza …

    Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • 7 authority — 1 *power, jurisdiction, command, control, dominion, sway Analogous words: ascendancy, *supremacy: government, ruling or rule (see corresponding verbs at GOVERN) 2 *influence, weight, credit, prestige Analogous words: exemplar, ideal, standard, p …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 authority — ► NOUN (pl. authorities) 1) the power or right to give orders and enforce obedience. 2) a person or organization having official power. 3) recognized knowledge or expertise. 4) an authoritative person or book. ORIGIN Old French autorite, from… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Authority — In politics, authority (Latin auctoritas , used in Roman law as opposed to potestas and imperium ) is often used interchangeably with the term power . However, their meanings differ: while power refers to the ability to achieve certain ends,… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 authority — A government or public agency created to perform a single function or a restricted group of related activities. Usually, such units are financed from service charges, fees, and tolls, but in some instances they also have taxing powers. An… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 11 authority — n. control power 1) to assume; delegate; demonstrate, show; establish; exercise, wield; invoke authority 2) to defy; deny, reject; undermine authority 3) absolute, complete, full, supreme, unquestioned; parental authority 4) authority for; over… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 authority — Permission. Right to exercise powers; to implement and enforce laws; to exact obedience; to command; to judge. Control over; jurisdiction. Often synonymous with power. The power delegated by a principal to his agent. The lawful delegation of… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 authority — Permission. Right to exercise powers; to implement and enforce laws; to exact obedience; to command; to judge. Control over; jurisdiction. Often synonymous with power. The power delegated by a principal to his agent. The lawful delegation of… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 14 Authority — The Authority Organisme de fiction apparaissant dans The Authority Adresse Le Porteur …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 15 authority — noun 1 (often authorities) people with responsibility for making decisions ADJECTIVE ▪ central, district, federal, local, municipal, regional ▪ government, pu …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 Authority — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Authority >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 authority authority Sgm: N 1 influence influence patronage power preponderance credit prestige prerogative jurisdiction Sgm: N 1 right right …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 authority — au|thor|i|ty W1 [o:ˈθɔrıti, ə US əˈθa: , əˈθo: ] n plural authorities ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(power)¦ 2 the authorities 3¦(organization)¦ 4¦(expert)¦ 5¦(permission)¦ 6 authority figure 7¦(personal quality)¦ 8 I have it on good authority …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 authority — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) I n. expert, pundit, know it all (inf.), maven (inf.). See skill, knowledge, authority. II Right to govern Nouns 1. (supremacy) authority, power, right, jurisdiction, title, prerogative; …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 authority */*/*/ — UK [ɔːˈθɒrətɪ] / US [ɔˈθɔrətɪ] noun Word forms authority : singular authority plural authorities 1) a) [countable] someone who is considered an expert in a particular subject authority on: Charles was an authority on antique musical instruments.… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 authority — 01. The doctor is a well known [authority] on tropical diseases. 02. [Authorities] now believe the murderer may not have acted alone. 03. He has a very [authoritative] way of speaking, but he doesn t really know what he is talking about. 04. He… …

    Grammatical examples in English