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Wednesday, September 14

Authority

Is its meaning related to Author? What does it mean?

One meaning I can come up with is something like - a person with such good knowledge of a subject that other people follow their advice or recommendations regarding that subject.

Maybe that meaning better fits the word "expert".

Another meaning that I can think of for authority is a person who has been appointed to make and/or enforce decisions on behalf of other people. Parents are considered authorities for their children - both making and enforcing some decisions. Politicians make decisions for large groups of people. Policeman enforce those decisions for large groups of people. There's a bit of overlap.

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