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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Works Consulted

Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill, and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.

Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. 2006. The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Turner, Bryan S., ed. 2006. The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

 

How to Cite the Definition of Authority

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/authority/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

authority. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/authority/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/authority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“authority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/authority/>.