Definitions for civil authority

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civil authority, civil officer(noun)

    a person who exercises authority over civilian affairs


  1. Civil authority

    Civil authority is that apparatus of the state other than its military units that enforces law and order. It is also used to distinguish between religious authority and secular authority. In a religious context it may be defined "as synonymous with human government, in contradistinction to a government by God, or the divine government."


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