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noun Law.

a written document given by one person or party to another authorizing the latter to act for the former.

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Origin of power of attorney

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for power of attorney

power of attorney

noun

legal authority to act for another person in certain specified matters
the document conferring such authority
Sometimes shortened to: letter of attorney
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