Commission

Commission may refer to:

  • Commission (remuneration), a form of payment to an agent for services rendered
  • Commission (art), the purchase of the creation of a piece of art most often on behalf of another
  • Commission (document), a document given to commissioned officers.
  • Commissioning, a process or service provided to validate the completeness and accuracy of a project or venture
    • Project commissioning, the process of assuring that all systems and components of a building or industrial plant are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the owner or final client
    • Building commissioning, a quality assurance process during and following building construction
  • Ship commissioning, placing a warship in active military duty
  • Commissioned officer, who derives authority directly from a sovereign power
    • Contrast with Non-commissioned officers
  • Statutory commission, a government authority created by statutes of the legislature such as:
    • Statutory authority
    • Independent agencies of the United States government
    • Regulatory agency
    • Public benefit corporation
  • Constitutional Commission, a body reviewing or writing a constitution
  • European Commission, the executive body of the European Union
  • Presidential Commission (United States), a high level research group
  • Royal Commission, a public inquiry
  • Irish Land Commission, a body designed to fix rents in Ireland
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a US body enforcing and regulating the securities industry
  • Great Commission, a tenet of Christian theology given by Jesus to spread his teachings
  • The Commission (mafia), the governing body of the mafia in the United States
  • Commissioned (gospel group)
  • Perpetration in law

Commission may also be used for:

  • Letters patent, an open letter issued by a government granting an office or other status to someone or some entity
  • A type of government agency that operates under the authority of a board of commissioners, though the term may also be applied to non-governmental groups such as the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • A type of contract for performance or creation of a specific work


Famous quotes containing the word commission:

    A sense of humour keen enough to show a man his own absurdities as well as those of other people will keep a man from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing.
    Samuel Butler (1835–1902)

    Children cannot eat rhetoric and they cannot be sheltered by commissions. I don’t want to see another commission that studies the needs of kids. We need to help them.
    Marian Wright Edelman (b. 1939)

    Yesterday the Electoral Commission decided not to go behind the papers filed with the Vice-President in the case of Florida.... I read the arguments in the Congressional Record and can’t see how lawyers can differ on the question. But the decision is by a strictly party vote—eight Republicans against seven Democrats! It shows the strength of party ties.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)