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One entry found for authority.
Main Entry: au·thor·i·ty
Pronunciation: schwa-primarystressthär-schwat-emacron, odot-, -primarystressthodotr-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
1 a : a fact or statement that is used to support a position or decision b : a person looked to as an expert
2 : the right to give commands : the power to influence the behavior of others <the authority to hire workers>
3 : persons having powers of government <local authorities>
4 : the quality of being convincing <spoke with authority>

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