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power of attorney

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noun Law.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for power of attorney

Historical Examples

  • You have nothing to do, M. Champcey, but to give M. de Brevan a power-of-attorney in proper form.

    The Clique of Gold

    Emile Gaboriau

  • It was five o'clock, when the power-of-attorney and the deed were signed, and the two friends left the worthy notary's office.

    The Clique of Gold

    Emile Gaboriau

  • When some one holding my power-of-attorney presents himself at Brescia, payment cannot be refused.

    The Patriot

    Antonio Fogazzaro


British Dictionary definitions for power of attorney

power of attorney

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