What is authority?

  • (noun): An expert whose views are taken as definitive.
    Example: "He is an authority on corporate law"
    See also — Additional definitions below


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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Some articles on authority:

Teacher - Obligation To Honor Students Rights
... Sudbury model democratic schools claim that popularly based authority can maintain order more effectively than dictatorial authority for governments and schools alike ... against other schools today, where rules are arbitrary, authority is absolute, punishment is capricious, and due process of law is unknown ...
Jackie Lawrence (politician) - Early Life
... Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Police authority ... of the Labour Group on Pembrokeshire County Council on its formation as a Unitary Authority before being adopted as Parliamentary candidate for the Preseli ...
Facilitator - Authority
... The concept of authority (of the facilitator) is one which can cause confusion ... alternates (initially in the educational context) as being Tutelary Authority - based on the competences and skills of the Tutor/Facilitator Political Authority - involving the exercise of ... (This manifests particularly in the planning dimension.) Charismatic Authority - influence by presence, style and manner ...
Governor Of Indiana - Office - Authority
... the governor has very limited executive authority to manage the government of the state most exercisable powers over state agencies are held by independent elected cabinet heads ... to 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 ...
Root Certificate
... certificate or a self-signed certificate that identifies the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ... includes a digital signature from a certificate authority (CA) ... digital certificate is the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ...

More definitions of "authority":

  • (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:

    Contact with men who wield power and authority still leaves an intangible sense of repulsion. It’s very like being in close proximity to faecal matter, the faecal embodiment of something unmentionable, and you wonder what it is made of and when it acquired its historically sacred character.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)

    I repeat that in this sense the most splendid court in Christendom is provincial, having authority to consult about Transalpine interests only, and not the affairs of Rome. A prætor or proconsul would suffice to settle the questions which absorb the attention of the English Parliament and the American Congress.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)