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authority

[ uh-thawr-i-tee, uh-thor- ]
/ əˈθɔr ɪ ti, əˈθɒr- /
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noun, plural au·thor·i·ties.

OTHER WORDS FOR authority

8 persuasion, persuasiveness; convincingness.
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Origin of authority

1200–50; earlier auct(h)oritie<Latin auctōritās; replacing Middle English autorite<Old French < L. See author, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM authority

an·ti·au·thor·i·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for authority

authority
/ (ɔːˈθɒrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for authority

C14: from French autorité, from Latin auctōritas, from auctor author
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