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    • Nam Nguyen

      By Nam Nguyen
      authority n. 1. <=>Power delegated to a person or body to act in a particular way. The person in whom authority is vested is usually called an *agent and the person conferring the authority is the principal. 2. <=>A governing body, such as a *local authority, charged with power and duty to perform certain functions. 3. <=>A judicial decision or other source of law used as a ground for a legal proposition. See also PERSUASIVE AUTHORITY.