(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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- Plural: authorities
- 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.
- charismatic authority
- hierarchy of authority
- rational-legal authority
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How to Cite the Definition of Authority
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 20, 2019 (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 May 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/authority/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“authority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 May. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/authority/>.