What is authority?

  • (noun): Official permission or approval.
    Example: "Authority for the program was renewed several times"
    Synonyms: authorization, authorisation, sanction
    See also — Additional definitions below

Authority

Authority (from the Latin auctoritas) is a right conferred by recognized social position. Authority often refers to power vested in an individual or organization by the state. Authority can also refer to recognized expertise in an area of academic knowledge. An Authority (capitalized) refers to a governing body upon which certain authority (with lower case a) is vested.

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Jackie Lawrence (politician) - Early Life
... became a member of Dyfed County Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Police authority ... leader of the Labour Group on Pembrokeshire County Council on its formation as a Unitary Authority before being adopted as Parliamentary candidate for the Preseli Pembrokeshire ...
Teacher - Obligation To Honor Students Rights
... schools claim that popularly based authority can maintain order more effectively than dictatorial authority for governments and schools alike ... of law and order develops, against other schools today, where rules are arbitrary, authority is absolute, punishment is capricious, and due process of law is unknown ...
Root Certificate
... that identifies the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ... standard, which normally includes a digital signature from a certificate authority (CA) ... The trust anchor for the digital certificate is the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ...
Facilitator - Authority
... The concept of authority (of the facilitator) is one which can cause confusion ... educational context) as being Tutelary Authority - based on the competences and skills of the Tutor/Facilitator Political Authority - involving the exercise of educational decision-making with respect to ... in the planning dimension.) Charismatic Authority - influence by presence, style and manner ...
Governor Of Indiana - Office - Authority
... Constitutionally, the governor has very limited executive authority to manage the government of the state most exercisable powers over state agencies are held by ... constitutional powers, governors also have a considerable degree of statutory authority ... Most of the authority exercised by governors on a daily basis is derived from statute, giving the General Assembly a great degree of power to expand or contract the governor's authority ...

More definitions of "authority":

  • (noun): An expert whose views are taken as definitive.
    Example: "He is an authority on corporate law"
  • (noun): An authoritative written work.
    Example: "This book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
  • (noun): (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others.
    Example: "The authorities have issued a curfew"

Famous quotes containing the word authority:

    It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.... Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?
    James Madison (1751–1836)

    We rarely quote nowadays to appeal to authority ... though we quote sometimes to display our sapience and erudition. Some authors we quote against. Some we quote not at all, offering them our scrupulous avoidance, and so make them part of our “white mythology.” Other authors we constantly invoke, chanting their names in cerebral rituals of propitiation or ancestor worship.
    Ihab Hassan (b. 1925)

    A woman who occupies the same realm of thought with man, who can explore with him the depths of science, comprehend the steps of progress through the long past and prophesy those of the momentous future, must ever be surprised and aggravated with his assumptions of leadership and superiority, a superiority she never concedes, an authority she utterly repudiates.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)