What is the meaning of authority?


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