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Definition of Authority


  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.
  2. Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
  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.
  5. Testimony; witness.
  6. A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent.
  7. A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book.
  8. Justification; warrant.

Authority Quotations

Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi

You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I'm obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment.
Brian Eno

I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.
Tupac Shakur

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Leonardo da Vinci

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
Thomas Hobbes
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Authority Translations

authority in Afrikaans is gesag
authority in Danish is autoritet
authority in Dutch is autoriteit, gezag
authority in Finnish is arvovalta
authority in Latin is imperium, auctoritas, auctorita, regnum, vox vocis
authority in Norwegian is myndighet
authority in Portuguese is autoridade
authority in Spanish is autoridad
authority in Swedish is auktoritet, befogenhet
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