Definitions (2)

1.Ability to cause or prevent an action, make things happen; the discretion to act or not act. Opposite of disability, it differs from a right in that it has no accompanying duties.
2.Law: (1) An instrument transferring or vesting legal authorization. (2) The ability conferred on a person by law to determine and alter (by his or her own will) the rights, duties, liabilities, and other legal relations, of himself or others.

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  • John established a company which produced millions of dollars annually, in five years he became the man with the most power in the country.

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  • A Judge of the court has the power to send you to jail for not answering all the questions honestly.

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  • The politician got drunk with power and passed two crazy laws right after he won the election against his enemy in landslide fashion.

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Notable Quotes

  • How much power do your buyers have?
    "Take a lesson from Delphi, the giant auto parts supplier stuck in Chapter 11 despite its $26 billion in annual sales: It's no fun to be in a business where a few big customers can demand price cuts with each passing year. Meanwhile, movie theaters--even while besieged by video-on-demand and other services--still manage to push higher prices on the disaggregated masses. The cost of a seat at a Regal Entertainment Group theater in lower Manhattan is now $12--up 20% in less than three years."
    - Brett Nelson
  • One Definition of Power
    "Power (n): The only narcotic regulated by the SEC rather than the FDA."
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  • The Balance of Power Between Vendors and Customers
    "The balance of power between vendors and customers depends a lot on how many of each there are. When you're a vendor, try to be the exclusive provider. When you're a customer, try to have at least two potential vendors for each product or service (and if appropriate, actually work with both on an ongoing basis)."
    - Tom Murcko

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