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authority

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1 a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
  • the leading authority on neural anatomy
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2 lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation)
  • The sheriff had authority over the whole county.
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3 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly
  • speaks with a persuasive authority on matters of public health
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4 the right or means to command or control others
  • By the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you married.
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5 something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing
  • I had good authority to believe that the information was correct.
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6 something mentioned in a text as providing related and especially supporting information
  • She cited several passages in the report as authority for her conclusions.
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7 the capacity to persuade
  • a strict grammarian whose pronouncements carried plenty of authority with my third-grade English teacher
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influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously.
    • used her influence to get the bill passed
authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief.
    • his opinions lacked authority
prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority.
    • the prestige of the newspaper
weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices.
    • their wishes obviously carried much weight
credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others.
    • his credit with the press


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