Definitions of authority:
  • noun:   official permission or approval
    Example: "Authority for the program was renewed several times"
  • noun:   the power or right to give orders or make decisions
    Example: "He has the authority to issue warrants"
  • noun:   an authoritative written work
    Example: "This book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
  • noun:   an expert whose views are taken as definitive
    Example: "He is an authority on corporate law"
  • noun:   (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
  • noun:   freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
    Example: "She spoke with authority"
  • noun:   an administrative unit of government
    Example: "Tennessee Valley Authority"

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