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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Authority  \Au*thor"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Authorities}.  [OE.  autorite 
  auctorite  F.  autorit['e],  fr  L.  auctoritas  fr  auctor.  See 
  {Author},  n.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  Thus  can  the  demigod,  Authority,  Make  us  pay  down 
  for  our  offense.  --Shak. 
 
  By  what  authority  doest  thou  these  things  ?  --Matt. 
  xxi.  23. 
 
  2.  Government;  the  persons  or  the  body  exercising  power  or 
  command;  as  the  local  authorities  of  the  States;  the 
  military  authorities.  [Chiefly  in  the  plural.] 
 
  3.  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. 
 
  4.  That  which  or  one  who  is  claimed  or  appealed  to  in 
  support  of  opinions,  actions,  measures,  etc  Hence: 
  a  Testimony;  witness.  ``And  on  that  high  authority  had 
  believed.''  --Milton. 
  b  A  precedent;  a  decision  of  a  court,  an  official 
  declaration,  or  an  opinion,  saying,  or  statement 
  worthy  to  be  taken  as  a  precedent. 
  c  A  book  containing  such  a  statement  or  opinion,  or  the 
  author  of  the  book. 
  d  Justification;  warrant. 
 
  Wilt  thou  be  glass  wherein  it  shall  discern 
  Authority  for  sin,  warrant  for  blame.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  authorities 
  n  :  the  organization  that  is  the  governing  authority  of  a 
  political  unit;  "the  government  reduced  taxes";  "the 
  matter  was  referred  to  higher  authorities"  [syn:  {government}, 
  {regime}] 




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