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[dep-yuh-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others.
  2. the person or body of persons so appointed or authorized.
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Origin of deputation

1350–1400; Middle English deputacioun < Medieval Latin dēputātiōn- (stem of dēputātiō), Late Latin: delegation, equivalent to dēputāt(us) (past participle of dēputāre; see depute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
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delegation, committee

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British Dictionary definitions for deputation


  1. the act of appointing a person or body of people to represent or act on behalf of others
  2. a person or, more often, a body of people so appointed; delegation
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Word Origin and History for deputation


late 14c., noun of action from depute (v.).

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