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 (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:

Root Certificate
... certificate that identifies the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ... normally includes a digital signature from a certificate authority (CA) ... The trust anchor for the digital certificate is the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ...
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 independent elected ... 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 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 ... schools today, where rules are arbitrary, authority is absolute, punishment is capricious, and due process of law is unknown ...
Facilitator - Authority
... The concept of authority (of the facilitator) is one which can cause confusion ... in the educational context) as being Tutelary Authority - based on the competences and skills of the Tutor/Facilitator Political Authority - involving the exercise of ... particularly in the planning dimension.) Charismatic Authority - influence by presence, style and manner ...
Jackie Lawrence (politician) - Early Life
... Bank and became a member of Dyfed County Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Police authority ... County Council on its formation as a Unitary Authority before being adopted as Parliamentary candidate for the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency ...

More definitions of "authority":

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

Famous quotes containing the word authority:

    There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    An ... important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility.
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908)

    Society in general do not like originality, especially in woman, as it looks like defying man’s authority for a woman to prefer her own methods to accepting those laid down for the majority.
    Caroline Nichols Churchill (1833–?)