authority


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  • noun

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Synonyms for authority

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

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a person with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field

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an administrative unit of government

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official permission or approval

an authoritative written work

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The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to--for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well--is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed.
The Convention assembled at Philadelphia had themselves no direct authority from the people.
They claimed exemption from the mandates of human authority, as militating with their subjection to a superior power.
Yet the theoretic principles, as they were drawn into discussion, could not fail to arrest their attention, and must have assisted them to form accurate ideas concerning the origin and extent of authority among men, independent of positive institutions.
The changes in the forms and principles of religious worship were introduced and regulated in England by the hand of public authority.
The chief magistrate derives all his authority from the people, and they have conferred none upon him to fix terms for the separation of the states.
It is to be the assent and ratification of the several States, derived from the supreme authority in each State, the authority of the people themselves.
It must result from the UNANIMOUS assent of the several States that are parties to it, differing no otherwise from their ordinary assent than in its being expressed, not by the legislative authority, but by that of the people themselves.
The idea of a national government involves in it, not only an authority over the individual citizens, but an indefinite supremacy over all persons and things, so far as they are objects of lawful government.
And it is to be noted that it is the fact that Art is this intense form of Individualism that makes the public try to exercise over it in an authority that is as immoral as it is ridiculous, and as corrupting as it is contemptible.
In the case of the novel and the drama, arts in which the public do take an interest, the result of the exercise of popular authority has been absolutely ridiculous.
It comes from the natural inability of a community corrupted by authority to understand or appreciate Individualism.
A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
That's all very well, but they won't give the needful authority.
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