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AUTHOR'ITY, n. L. auctoritas.

1. Legal power, or a right to command or to act as the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children. Power rule sway.
2. The power derived from opinion, respect or esteem influence of character or office credit as the authority of age or example, which is submitted to or respected, in some measure, as a law, or rule of action. That which is claimed in justification or support of opinions and measures.
3. Testimony witness or the person who testifies as, the Gospels or the evangelists are our authorities for the miracles of Christ.
4. Weight of testimony credibility as a historian of no authority.
5. Weight of character respectability dignity as a magistrate of great authority in the city.
6. Warrant order permission.

By what authority dost thou these things. Matthew 21 . Acts 9 .

7. Precedents, decisions of a court, official declarations, respectable opinions and says, also the books that contain them, are call authorities, as they influence the opinions of others and in law, the decisions of supreme courts have a binding force upon inferior courts, and are called authorities.
8. Government the persons or the body exercising power or command as the local authorities of the states.

In Connecticut, the justices of the peace are denominated the authority.

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Entry for 'Authority'. King James Dictionary.

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