authority

(noun) The power or right to make and enforce rules such as laws or public policy from a source that people consider legitimate.

Example: A government, a teacher, or the police.

Audio Pronunciation: (au·thor·i·ty)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: authorities
  • Types:
  • Authority used in a sentence: When the police officers turned on their siren, I obeyed their authority and pulled my car to the side of the road.
  • An (adjective) authoritative or (adjective) authoritarian (adverb) authoritatively source grants (noun) authorization.

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