Notebook, 1993-



Decision taken as precedent . . . . . Convincing force, power or influence . . . . Influence or command of thought, opinion, or behavior . . . . Conclusive statement or set of statements . . . . Testimony . . . .

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Authority n, pl -ties [ME auctorite, fr. OF auctorité, fr. L auctoritat-, auctoritas opinion, decision, power, fr. auctor] [13c] 1a [1]: a citation [as from a book or file] used in defense or support [2]: the source from which the citation is drawn b [1]: a conclusive statement or set of statements [as an official decision of a court] [2]: a decision taken as a precedent [23]: Testimony c: an individual cited or appealed to as an expert 2a: power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior b: freedom granted by one in authority: Right 3a: persons in command: specif: Government b: a governmental agency or corporation to administer a revenue-producing public enterprise [the transit __] 4a: Grounds, Warrant [had excellent __ for believing the claim] b: convincing force [lent __ to the performance] -syn see Influence, Power [Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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