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Synonyms for authority
əˈθɔr ɪ ti, əˈθɒr-au·thor·i·ty

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. authority

    Authority unites the right and power of control; age, wisdom, and character give authority to their possessor; a book of learned research has authority, and is even called an authority. Permission justifies another in acting without interference or censure, and usually implies some degree of approval. Authority gives a certain right of control over all that may be affected by the action. There may be a failure to object, which constitutes an implied permission, tho this is more properly expressed by allowance; we allow what we do not oppose, permit what we expressly authorize. The noun permit implies a formal written permission. License is a formal permission granted by competent authority to an individual to do some act or pursue some business which would be or is made to be unlawful without such permission; as, a license to preach, to solemnize marriages, or to sell intoxicating liquors. A license is permission granted rather than authority conferred; the sheriff has authority (not permission nor license) to make an arrest. Consent is permission by the concurrence of wills in two or more persons, a mutual approval or acceptance of something proposed. Compare ALLOW.

    Synonyms:
    allowance, authorization, consent, leave, liberty, license, permission, permit

    Antonyms:
    denial, hindrance, objection, opposition, prevention, prohibition, refusal, resistance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-sonoun

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions

    "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"

    Synonyms:
    potence, potency, government agency, potentiality, federal agency, assurance, ascendance, authorization, ascendency, control, strength, effectiveness, self-confidence, laterality, potential, say-so, self-assurance, agency, dictum, ascendancy, sanction, dominance, sureness, confidence, bureau, office, empowerment, ascendence, authorisation, mandate, pronouncement

  2. authoritynoun

    (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others

    "the authorities have issued a curfew"

    Synonyms:
    potency, assurance, dominance, self-assurance, confidence, government agency, federal agency, sanction, self-confidence, office, authorisation, authorization, bureau, agency, sureness, say-so

  3. authoritynoun

    an expert whose views are taken as definitive

    "he is an authority on corporate law"

    Synonyms:
    potency, assurance, dominance, self-assurance, confidence, government agency, federal agency, sanction, self-confidence, office, authorisation, authorization, bureau, agency, sureness, say-so

  4. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, surenessnoun

    freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

    "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"

    Synonyms:
    potency, pledge, sanction, dominance, assurance, authorization, trust, self-confidence, say-so, self-assurance, federal agency, agency, bureau, sureness, confidence, government agency, office, authorisation

  5. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authoritynoun

    an administrative unit of government

    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

    Synonyms:
    assurance, billet, berth, means, confidence, chest of drawers, spot, bureau, delegacy, role, office staff, function, dominance, post, dresser, sanction, part, self-assurance, power, way, say-so, sureness, place, representation, government agency, agency, chest, position, business office, self-confidence, potency, authorisation, situation, office, authorization, federal agency

  6. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanctionnoun

    official permission or approval

    "authority for the program was renewed several times"

    Synonyms:
    endorsement, potency, government agency, countenance, federal agency, assurance, authorization, self-confidence, warrant, say-so, self-assurance, indorsement, agency, sanction, dominance, sureness, confidence, bureau, office, imprimatur, empowerment, authorisation, mandate

  7. authoritynoun

    an authoritative written work

    "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

    Synonyms:
    potency, assurance, dominance, self-assurance, confidence, government agency, federal agency, sanction, self-confidence, office, authorisation, authorization, bureau, agency, sureness, say-so

Editors Contribution

  1. guardian

    someone who takes care of you or is in charged of you

    my guardian is the person who takes care of me

    Submitted by rinat on September 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. authoritynoun

    Synonyms:
    power, sovereignty, dominion, empire, government

  2. authoritynoun

    Synonyms:
    rule, sway, ascendency, supremacy, control, influence, interest

  3. authoritynoun

    Synonyms:
    permission, warrant, warranty, liberty, permit, precept, order, authorization, sanction

  4. authoritynoun

    Synonyms:
    witness, testimony

  5. authoritynoun

    Synonyms:
    credibility, weight of evidence

  6. authoritynoun

    Synonyms:
    respectability, dignity, weight of character

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How to use authority in a sentence?

  1. Jake Rollow:

    President Donald Trump's statement is false, the Bureau of Elections is mailing absent voter applications, not ballots. Applications are mailed nearly every election cycle by both major parties and countless advocacy and nonpartisan organizations. Just like them, we have full authority to mail applications to ensure voters know they have the right to vote safely by mail.

  2. Paul Nunziato:

    These police officers are among the most highly trained police officers in the nation, as are all Port Authority police officers, i am so thankful there was no loss of life and I could not be prouder of our Port Authority police officers, their actions and dedication to their sworn duty.

  3. Yuval Steinitz:

    If the Palestinian Authority continues to attack us, I assume we will consider other steps.

  4. Cuban President Raul Castro:

    We hope that (Obama) continues to use his executive authority to dismantle this policy.

  5. Stephen Vladeck:

    His views of the President's constitutional authority would call into question at least some of the means through which a sitting president can be investigated, there's no question other investigative avenues remain, especially through Congress. But the' unitary executive' theory that Judge Kavanaugh has so often embraced is difficult to reconcile with even a somewhat-independent prosecutor within the executive branch who doesn't serve at the pleasure of the President.


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