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.
ETYM Latin directio: cf. French direction.
1. A general course along which something has a tendency to develop.
2. A line leading to a place or point; SYN. way.
3. A message describing how something is to be done; SYN. instruction.
4. The spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves.