authority

  

Definitions (4)

1. Institutionalized and legal power inherent in a particular job, function, or position that is meant to enable its holder to successfully carry out his or her responsibilities.
2. Power that is delegated formally. It includes a right to command a situation, commit resources, give orders and expect them to be obeyed, it is always accompanied by an equal responsibility for one's actions or a failure to act.
3. An agency or body created by a government to perform a specific function, such as environment management, power generation, or tax collection.
4. Judgment of a court or judicial opinion quoted in support of a legal argument.

Use authority in a sentence

  • While the CEO was out of the office on vacation, she asked her vice president to act as the authority during that time.

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