• The power to enforce rules or give orders.
  • Persons, regarded collectively, who occupy official positions of power to enforce rules; government or law enforcement.
  • A source of reliable information on a subject.
  • A government-owned agency that runs a revenue-generating activity.


  • From Middle English auctorite, autorite, from Old French auctorité, from Latin stem of auctōritās, from auctor. For the presence of the h, compare the etymology of author.

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