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The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
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“Vice Admiral Holdo wasted no time in exerting her authority over trigger-happy flyboys like Poe Dameron.”
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A person who is highly skilled or knowledgeable in their field
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“Freily considered herself an authority on nutrition and recommended a diet based purely on bananas.”
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One's (high level of) skill or knowledge in a given field
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“I have no reason to doubt his authority in the field of stage history, but his authority ceases in the field of aesthetic speculation.”
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The power or standing to affect, control or manipulate (something or someone)
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“These are regions where the natural authority of religious institutions has a foothold.”
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The right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another
“Police will only have the authority to conduct a legal search with an appropriate court warrant.”
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Official permission
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“Only a director of the company will have the authority to ratify these changes.”
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The capability of a person or argument to convince or persuade
“He spoke with an instinctive authority by playing to the emotions of his audience.”
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A book or other source able to supply reliable information or evidence
“I hope to establish this book as an important authority in this fast-changing field.”
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Evidence on which to base an opinion or belief on
“I have it on good authority that he is secretly cheating on his diet.”
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A government-owned agency
“I suggest you take your complaints to the relevant authority.”
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A motive for an action or a determination
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“I can speak with no certainty of the workings of this system, though I have good authority to believe that it has failed.”
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The quality of being convincing or believable
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A person who has the support of his peers to lead or direct
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A person who judges the merits of works or performances
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A person who provides guidance or mentorship to others
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The quality or state of being in accordance with the law
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A person to whom the authority to settle or judge a dispute is delegated
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An event or action that is regarded as an example or guide for subsequent circumstances
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The practice or method of imposing strict rules of behavior on other people
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The governmental management of public affairs
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The principle on which an idea, activity or process is based on
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An authoritative book on a given topic
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Great knowledge in a particular field
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An office or department for transacting a particular business
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An official order or commission to do something
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The state or quality of being accurate or true
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The absolute or unquestionable truth
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The administration of the law or authority
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A quality that sets an individual apart from others
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An official document giving someone authorization to do something
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A state of performing something with extreme power, skill, or determination
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The effect something is likely to have on other things
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The people managing a company or organization, regarded collectively
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