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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

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
Albert Einstein

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

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
Dalai Lama

My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.
Dalai Lama

Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
Mahatma Gandhi
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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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