legitimate power

  

Definition

Power derived from a job, position, or status and held as belonging to the person in such a position.

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  • The boss held a lot of legitimate power over the rest of the firm and it made a lot of us nervous and afraid.

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  • It is an exercise of legitimate power for a professor to demand that her student rewrite a research paper on a central theme of the course which was shoddily done the first time.

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  • When you move your way up the business world one day you may find out that you finally do have all the legitimate power.

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