authority


authority

noun

Definition of AUTHORITY

1
a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field <the leading authority on neural anatomy>
Synonyms ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], fiend, geek, guru, hand, hotshot, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizard
2
lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation) <the sheriff had authority over the whole county>
3
the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly <speaks with a persuasive authority on matters of public health>
4
the right or means to command or control others <by the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you married>
Near Antonyms helplessness, weakness
5
something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing <I had good authority to believe that the information was correct>
6
something mentioned in a text as providing related and especially supporting information <the Bible is the sole authority for his impassioned defense of creationism>
Synonyms authority, source
7
the capacity to persuade <a strict grammarian whose pronouncements carried plenty of authority with my third-grade English teacher>

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