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Meaning of AUTHORITY

Pronunciation:  u'thoritee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
  2. [n]  the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
  5. [n]  an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
  6. [n]  an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
  7. [n]  (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"
 

AUTHORITY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: agency, assurance, authorisation, authorization, bureau, confidence, dominance, federal agency, government agency, office, sanction, say-so, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness
 
 See Also: abrogator, administrative body, administrative unit, adviser, advisor, AEC, allocator, approver, Atomic Energy Commission, authoriser, authority figure, authorizer, book, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Census, carte blanche, Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control, central bank, Central Intelligence Agency, certainty, child welfare agency, child welfare service, Church Father, CIA, civil authority, cognoscenti, command, Comptroller of the Currency, connoisseur, consultant, control, distributor, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, evaluator, executive agency, expert, Father, FBI, FDA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Housing Administration, FHA, Food and Drug Administration, Foreign Service, human, ICC, individual, Inland Revenue, Internal Revenue Service, Interstate Commerce Commission, IR, IRS, judge, last word, liturgist, local authority, lordship, mandator, Manhattan Project, master, mortal, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Labor Relations Board, National Park Service, National Weather Service, NRC, NRLB, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ordnance Survey, organ, OSHA, pacha, pasha, patent office, permission, person, power of appointment, professional, rebuker, redevelopment authority, regulatory agency, regulatory authority, reproacher, reprover, SEC, secret service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Selective Service, Selective Service System, Social Security Administration, somebody, someone, soul, UN agency, United Nations agency, upbraider, weather bureau, withdrawer

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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
   trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the
   authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over
   children; the authority of a court.

         Thus can the demigod, Authority, Make us pay down
         for our offense.                      --Shak.

         By what authority doest thou these things ? --Matt.
                                               xxi. 23.

2. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or
   command; as, the local authorities of the States; the
   military authorities. [Chiefly in the plural.]

3. 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.

4. That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in
   support of opinions, actions, measures, etc. Hence:
   (a) Testimony; witness. ``And on that high authority had
       believed.'' --Milton.
   (b) A precedent; a decision of a court, an official
       declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement
       worthy to be taken as a precedent.
   (c) A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the
       author of the book.
   (d) Justification; warrant.

             Wilt thou be glass wherein it shall discern
             Authority for sin, warrant for blame. --Shak.

 
Glossary
 
 Definition: the ability to exert influence because of one's personal prestige or the status of one's office.
 
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