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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.

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  • Everyone in school respected the tough new principal's authority and no one disobeyed him, not even the older, more difficult students.

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  • If you see a burglar in your neighborhood, you must notify the local authority as soon as possible to ensure that they are arrested.

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  • After being promoted to the position of director James had the authority to hire prospective applicants as well as manage payroll, something he could not do before.

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