Definition of authority:

part of speech: noun

Power; sway; rule; source; permission.

part of speech: noun

Legal power or right: power derived from office or character: weight of testimony: permission:- pl. AUTHORITIES, precedents: opinions or sayings carrying weight: persons in power.

part of speech: noun

Power or right to act or command; dominion; power derived from respect or reputation; influence; justification or support for statement or action; a person with, or given, power to act or command; a ruler; one to whom appeal or reference can be made.

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