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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 with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
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“Freily considered herself an authority on nutrition and recommended a diet based purely on bananas.”
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The power 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 capacity to 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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(often in plural form "authorities") 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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A person who has the support of his peers to lead or direct
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A notable person within a specific field
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The practice or method of imposing strict rules of behavior on other people
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Something or someone that serves as a pattern of behavior to be imitated
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The governmental management of public affairs
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A person who judges the merits of literary or artistic works, especially one who does so professionally
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A person of deep wisdom or learning
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A person's intellectual understanding of a particular subject
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The quality of being convincing or believable
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One who advises
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An instruction, command, or role given to a person or group
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A person who decides the results of a competition
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Authoritative book
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The property of being licit, legalness, appropriateness
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An area of special knowledge, interest, or responsibility
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One skilled in law or jurisprudence
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Leader of institution
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Bureaucratic rules
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The administration of the law or authority
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An underlying basis or principle
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A quality that sets an individual apart from others
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An authority on a subject
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The power of self-determination
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An office or department for transacting particular business
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A person who collects objects as a hobby
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Belief in or acceptance of something as true
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A state of performing something with extreme power, skill, or determination
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Unquestionable truth
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The people managing a company or organization, regarded collectively
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The position of being the champion of a major sports competition
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A stake or involvement in an undertaking
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