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authority (control)

Definition:

the power or right to give orders or make decisions

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

authorities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

he has the authority to issue warrants

Synonyms:

authorisation [British spelling] | authorization [American/Canadian spelling] | dominance | potency | say-so

Etymology:

autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument", from Old French auctorité...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of authority...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

say-so

an arbitrary assertion | an authoritative decision | the authority to make a final decision (13 of 378 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/say-so

Merriam-Webster:

say-so | say [synonym, sense-specific] | vote [synonym, sense-specific] | part [similar, sense-specific] | role [similar, sense-specific] | share [similar, sense-specific] | ballot [similar, sense-specific] | enfranchisement [similar, sense-specific] | franchise [similar, sense-specific] | ...

one's unsupported assertion or assurance ; an authoritative pronouncement | a right of final decision; "say" (15 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/say-so

Macmillan British Dictionary:

say-so [singular, informal] | on someone's say-so

permission from someone to do something | "on someone's say-so": based on what someone says, but without any proof from them (20 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/say-so

Oxford Dictionary:

say-so | on someone's say-so

Syllabification: (say-so) | [singular, informal] | the power or act of deciding or allowing something | (usually "on someone's say-so") : a person's ... (20 of 60 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/say--so

say-so [singular, informal] | on someone's say-so

the power or act of deciding or allowing something | (usually "on someone's say-so") : a person's arbitrary or unauthorized assertion or instruction (22 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/say--so

Wiktionary:

say-so | leave [synonym, sense-specific] | permission [synonym, sense-specific] | Permission [synonym, sense-specific]

Statement that something is so. | [informal] Permission. | Say, voice (in a matter). (12 of 37 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/say-so

Cambridge Dictionary:

say-so [entry 1, informal]

a statement made by someone without proof (7 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/say-so 1

say-so [entry 2, informal]

an instruction to do something, or permission given by someone to do something (13 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/say-so 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

say-so | say-sos [plural]

An unsupported statement or assurance. | An authoritative expression of permission or approval. | The right or authority to decide. (18 of 24 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/say-so

Random House Dictionary:

say-so | say-sos [plural]

one's personal statement or assertion. | final authority; directing influence. | an authoritative statement. (12 of 22 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/say-so

New World Dictionary:

say-so

(one's) word, opinion, assurance, etc. | right of decision; authority (9 of 11 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/say-so

Wikipedia:

Authorization | authorisation

the function of specifying access rights to resources, which is related to information security and computer security in general and to access control in particular. More formally, "to authorize" is to define access policy. For example, human resources... (38 of 792 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Authorization

Britannica Encyclopedia:

dominance [genetics]

in genetics, greater influence by one of a pair of genes that affect the same inherited character. If an individual pea plant with the alleles T and t ... (28 of 159 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/168625​/dominance

Encarta Dictionary:

say-so | say-sos [plural]

a mere assertion by somebody that something is so | permission or authorization from somebody | the right to decide something (19 of 31 words, 3 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702049​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

authority

First use: early 13th century

Origin: autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument", from Old French auctorité "authority, prestige, right, permission, dignity, ... (20 of 91 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=authority

Wiktionary:

authority

Origin: Middle English autorite ("book or quotation that settles an argument"), from Old French auctorité, from Latin stem of auctoritas ("invention, advice, opinion, influence, command"), from auctor ("master, leader, author")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/authority

Merriam-Webster:

authority | authorities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English auctorite, from Anglo-French auctorité, from Latin auctoritat-, auctoritas opinion, decision, power, from auctor

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/authority

American Heritage Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English auctorite, from Old French autorite, from Latin auctōritās, auctōritāt-, from auctor, creator; see "author".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

Oxford Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French autorite, from Latin auctoritas, from auctor "originator, promoter" (see "author")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/authority

New World Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English autorite from Old French autorité, auctorité from Latin auctoritas from auctor, "author"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

Collins Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from French autorité, from Latin auctōritas, from auctorauthor

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/authority

Encarta Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin auctoritas from auctor

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587802​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

authority

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "authority"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/authority

Collins Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "authority"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/authority

Macmillan British Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "authority"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/authority

Macmillan American Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "authority"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/authority

Cambridge Dictionary:

authority [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "authority"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "authority"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/authority 1

the Free Dictionary:

authority

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "authority"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "authority"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "authority" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/authority

Google Dictionary:

authority | authorities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "authority"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=authority

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

authority

Audio: North American pronunciation of "authority"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=author​07 word=authority

YourDictionary Audio:

authority

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "authority" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/authority

freedictionary.org:

authority

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "authority" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=authority

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