n. (pl. -ies)
1 a the power or right to enforce obedience. b (often foll. by for, or to + infin.) delegated power.
2 (esp. in pl.) a person or body having authority, esp. political or administrative.
3 a an influence exerted on opinion because of recognized knowledge or expertise. b such an influence expressed in a book, quotation, etc. (an authority on vintage cars). c a person whose opinion is accepted, esp. an expert in a subject.
4 the weight of evidence.
Etymology: ME f. OF autoriteacute f. L auctoritas f. auctor: see AUTHOR

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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