What does civil authority mean?

Definitions for civil authority
civ·il au·thor·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civil authority, civil officernoun

    a person who exercises authority over civilian affairs


  1. Civil authority

    Civil authority or civil government is the practical implementation of a state on behalf of its citizens, other than through military units (martial law), that enforces law and order and that is distinguished from religious authority (for example, canon law) and secular authority. The enforcement of law and order is typically the role of the police in modern states.


  1. civil authority

    Civil authority is a term used to refer to the administrative structure and institutions in charge of maintaining public order, implementing governmental policies, and enforcing law within a specific geographic region or jurisdiction. This can include a range of officials such as politicians, police, and administrative agencies. Civil authorities operate within a legal framework to protect and serve the citizens under their jurisdiction. They obtain their powers and responsibilities through constitution, statutes, or regulations established by a nation or state.


  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."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. civil authority

    See Appendix, Articles of War, 59.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil authority in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil authority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of civil authority in a Sentence

  1. Johnathan Hoffman:

    Active duty elements are postured on military bases in the National Capitol Region but are not in Washington, D.C., they are on heightened alert status but remain under Title X authority and are not participating in defense support to civil authority operations.

  2. Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman:

    This is a result of the civil authority's lack of control over the security services, especially the police and security agencies, and therefore we were not able to impose our control over the smuggling process.

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