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authority

[ôthôr′ətē]
a relationship between two or more persons or groups characterized by the influence one may exercise over the other through ideas, commands, suggestions, or instructions.

authority

(1) An expert in a particular field.
(2) The right to mandate the action of others.
(3) A public body, the remit of which is to ensure adherence to laws, state (government) regulations and public policy.

authority

An expert in a particular field

authority

the originator of a scientific name usually cited in most taxonomic works. The name of the authority (or sometimes just the initial letter) is given after the scientific name, for example Tringa totanus (Linnaeus).

Patient discussion about authority

Q. do the government and the authorities acknowledge in alcoholism as a disease and they fund the treatment for it ?

A. complicated. the authorities are well aware of the problem:
http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/index.htm
but in the U.S. the public health care is very bad (at least at my opinion). you can be thrown to the streets if you have mental problems. without any accountability. about alcoholism- there is a bit of help but but certainly not enough!! you can understand from the link i gave you.

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One would think, that a deliberate and practical denial of its authority was the only offense never contemplated by its government; else, why has it not assigned its definite, its suitable and proportionate, penalty?
It was assumed by agreement between the Legislatures of the several States, and their delegates in Congress, without authority from or consultation of the people at all.
In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless it be forced upon the national authority.
The extent, modifications, and objects of the federal authority are mere matters of discretion.
Without inquiring into the accuracy of the distinction on which the objection is founded, it will be necessary to a just estimate of its force, first, to ascertain the real character of the government in question; secondly, to inquire how far the convention were authorized to propose such a government; and thirdly, how far the duty they owed to their country could supply any defect of regular authority.
The king, however, having acquired Lombardy, regained at once the authority which Charles had lost: Genoa yielded; the Florentines became his friends; the Marquess of Mantua, the Duke of Ferrara, the Bentivogli, my lady of Forli, the Lords of Faenza, of Pesaro, of Rimini, of Camerino, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese--everybody made advances to him to become his friend.
One would have thought that the dark old man was chief ruler there, and that the Governor and Council, with soldiers at their back, representing the whole power and authority of the Crown, had no alternative but obedience.
Nor will it admit any laws but its own laws; nor any authority but its own authority.
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
I will force my authority on her step-mother to that extent (if her step-mother resists) without scruple.
This office was all which the critics of old aspired to; nor did they ever dare to advance a sentence, without supporting it by the authority of the judge from whence it was borrowed.
The point is, don't you see, that progress of every sort is only made by the use of authority," he said, evidently wishing to show he was not without culture.

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