ETYM Old Eng. autorite, auctorite, French autorité, from Latin auctoritas, from auctor. Related to Author.
(politics) In a political system, the capacity to take and enforce decisions. The nature, sources, and limitations of political authority have been much debated questions since the time of the ancient Greeks.1. (Usually plural) Persons who exercise (administrative) control over others.
2. A grant of authority to the executive branch of government to spend money for specified purposes; SYN. authorization.
3. An authoritative written work.
4. An expert whose views are taken as definitive.
5. The power to exercise authoritative or dominating control or influence over; SYN. dominance, say-so.
In a business organization, responsibility for part of the organization exercised by a person or a group of people. People in authority have titles such as “manager” or “supervisor”. They are in control of other people (their “subordinates”), of production processes, or of areas of the business.
A DNS server responsible for resolving names and IP addresses of sites and resources on the Internet at a particular level of authority: top-level domain, second-level domain, or subdomain.