The right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge
A person or group having the right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge
A person with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field
Power based on right
The appearance of having authority, sense 1
A person or persons vested with authority, sense 1; usually
One who knows
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Now he was exerting his authority in another way.
I didn't mean to sound like some kind of authority on the subject.
"Get out," she said with as much authority as she could muster.
Still, what business could survive without a person with final authority on decisions?
Even then he had begun to distrust the authority of tradition and his teachers.