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authority

au·thor·i·ty

authority

 
 
pronunciation:
tho rih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: authorities
definition 1: the right or power to make decisions and rules that affect other people.
The teacher has the authority to discipline students.Congress has the authority to declare war.
synonyms:
control, power
similar words:
rule
definition 2: a person who has the most power or control in a particular situation.
The manager is the authority in this restaurant.
similar words:
agent, cops, officials, police, power
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