What does authority mean?

Definitions for authority
əˈθɔr ɪ ti, əˈθɒr-au·thor·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so(noun)

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions

    "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"

  2. authority(noun)

    (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others

    "the authorities have issued a curfew"

  3. authority(noun)

    an expert whose views are taken as definitive

    "he is an authority on corporate law"

  4. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness(noun)

    freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

    "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"

  5. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority(noun)

    an administrative unit of government

    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

  6. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction(noun)

    official permission or approval

    "authority for the program was renewed several times"

  7. authority(noun)

    an authoritative written work

    "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

Wiktionary

  1. authority(Noun)

    The power to enforce rules or give orders.

    Etymology: autorite, from auctorité, from stem of auctoritas, from auctor

  2. authority(Noun)

    Persons in command; specifically, government.

    Etymology: autorite, from auctorité, from stem of auctoritas, from auctor

  3. authority(Noun)

    A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.

    The world's foremost authority on orangutans.

    Etymology: autorite, from auctorité, from stem of auctoritas, from auctor

Webster Dictionary

  1. Authority(noun)

    legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  2. Authority(noun)

    government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  3. Authority(noun)

    the power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  4. Authority(noun)

    that which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  5. Authority(noun)

    testimony; witness

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  6. Authority(noun)

    a precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  7. Authority(noun)

    a book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

  8. Authority(noun)

    justification; warrant

    Etymology: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]

Freebase

  1. Authority

    The word authority is derived from the Latin word auctoritas, meaning invention, advice, opinion, influence, or command. In English, the word authority can be used to mean power given by the state or by academic knowledge of an area. The word Authority with capital A refers to the governing body upon which such authority is vested; for example, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Authority

    awth-or′it-i, n. legal power or right: power derived from office or character: weight of testimony: permission:—pl. Author′ities, precedents: opinions or sayings carrying weight: persons in power.—adj. Author′itative, having the sanction or weight of authority: dictatorial.—adv. Author′itatively.—n. Author′itativeness. [L. auctoritatem, auctoritas, auctor.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. authority

    The legal power or right of commanding.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. authority

    In a general acceptation of the term, signifies a right to command and a consequent right to be obeyed. For the appointment of officers of the U. S. army, see Appointing Power. It appears that the sovereigns of Great Britain and other nations have the power to appoint and dismiss officers at pleasure.

Editors Contribution

  1. authority

    Official right to make a specific decision.

    They do have the authority to create legislation.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'authority' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #514

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'authority' in Written Corpus Frequency: #697

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'authority' in Nouns Frequency: #77

How to pronounce authority?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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How to say authority in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of authority in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of authority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of authority in a Sentence

  1. Joi Ito:

    You don't get a Nobel Prize for doing what you're told, you get it for questioning authority.

  2. Kevin Ivers:

    The stakes are very high for Guaido and Leopoldo Lopez, now the regime has the authority to arrest and possibly kill them, which could be the end of what started in January, with Guaido's move to declare himself president.

  3. Yoon Do-han:

    The investigation shook the president's authority, the result raised questions about the intent of the investigation.

  4. Honda Motor Co -LRB- 7267:

    We anticipate having sufficient supply starting in another several weeks, so we don't view this as a long-term concern that requires unprecedented use of NHTSA's authority.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    The majority of employees gets more worry than their salary and to further add to their woes, the authority scares them to hurry to pay taxes on time or get penalty.

Images & Illustrations of authority

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  • We have to teach our children to always respect authority it very important to there well being start with us as Parents if they don't respect us they won't respect there teachers;police or anybody else Starts with God then us as parents then everybody else Authority means power to command! 
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