What is authority?

  • (noun): An authoritative written work.
    Example: "This book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
    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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Some articles on authority:

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 ... 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 ...
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 ... 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
... Bank and became a member of Dyfed County Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Police authority ... 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 ... espouses three alternates (initially in the educational context) as being Tutelary Authority - based on the competences and skills of the Tutor/Facilitator Political Authority - involving the ... (This manifests particularly in the planning dimension.) Charismatic Authority - influence by presence, style and manner ...
Root Certificate
... that identifies the Root Certificate Authority (CA) ... on the ITU-T X.509 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) ...

More definitions of "authority":

  • (noun): (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others.
    Example: "The authorities have issued a curfew"
  • (noun): An expert whose views are taken as definitive.
    Example: "He is an authority on corporate law"

Famous quotes containing the word authority:

    See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 10:19,20.

    The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizens’ skin.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)

    The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.
    Emma Goldman (1869–1940)