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n. power, control, jurisdiction

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The word authority (derived from the Latin word auctoritas) can be used to mean the right to exercise power given by the State (in the form of government, judges, police officers, etc.), or by academic knowledge of an area (someone can be an authority on a subject).

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1. the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
(synonym) authorization, authorisation, dominance, say-so
(hypernym) control
(hyponym) power of appointment
2. (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"
(hypernym) person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul
(hyponym) abrogator
(classification) plural, plural form
3. an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
(hypernym) expert
(hyponym) adviser, advisor, consultant
4. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"
(synonym) assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, sureness
(hypernym) certainty
(attribute) certain(p), sure
5. an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
(synonym) agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office
(hypernym) administrative unit, administrative body
(hyponym) Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL
6. official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
(synonym) authorization, authorisation, sanction
(hypernym) permission
7. an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
(hypernym) book
(hyponym) last word

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n. autorita; kompetence; pravomoc; moc; oprávnění; vedení; úřad; orgán; znalec, znalkyně

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Rzecz. autorytet; władza; upoważnienie; prawo; władza; zarząd; autorytet; autorytet

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