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Authority vs. Responsibility

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Authoritynoun

(uncountable) The power to enforce rules or give orders.

‘I have the authority to penalise the staff in my department, but not the authority to sack them.’; ‘She lost all her respect and authority after turning up drunk to the meeting.’; ‘Respect my authority!’;

Responsibilitynoun

The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable.

‘Responsibility is a heavy burden.’;

Authoritynoun

(used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.

Responsibilitynoun

A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable.

‘Why didn't you clean the house? That was your responsibility!’; ‘The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world - Harry S. Truman’;

Authoritynoun

(countable) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.

‘the world's foremost authority on orangutans’;

Responsibilitynoun

(military) The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success.

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Authoritynoun

Government-owned agency which runs a revenue-generating activity.

‘New York Port Authority’;

Responsibilitynoun

(military) The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual.

Authoritynoun

Legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court.

‘Thus can the demigod, Authority,Make us pay down for our offense.’; ‘By what authority doest thou these things ?’;

Responsibilitynoun

The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation.

Authoritynoun

Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.

Responsibilitynoun

That for which anyone is responsible or accountable; as, the resonsibilities of power.

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Authoritynoun

The power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority.

Responsibilitynoun

Ability to answer in payment; means of paying.

Authoritynoun

That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.

‘Wilt thou be glass wherein it shall discernAuthority for sin, warrant for blame.’;

Responsibilitynoun

the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force;

‘we must instill a sense of duty in our children’; ‘every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty’;

Authoritynoun

the power or right to give orders or make decisions;

‘he has the authority to issue warrants’; ‘deputies are given authorization to make arrests’;

Responsibilitynoun

the proper sphere or extent of your activities;

‘it was his province to take care of himself’;

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Authoritynoun

(usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others;

‘the authorities have issued a curfew’;

Responsibilitynoun

a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct;

‘he holds a position of great responsibility’;

Authoritynoun

an expert whose views are taken as definitive;

‘he is an authority on corporate law’;

Authoritynoun

freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities;

‘his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular’; ‘after that failure he lost his confidence’; ‘she spoke with authority’;

Authoritynoun

an administrative unit of government;

‘the Central Intelligence Agency’; ‘the Census Bureau’; ‘Office of Management and Budget’; ‘Tennessee Valley Authority’;

Authoritynoun

official permission or approval;

‘authority for the program was renewed several times’;

Authoritynoun

an authoritative written work;

‘this book is the final authority on the life of Milton’;

Authority

In the fields of sociology and political science, authority is the legitimate power that a person or a group of persons possess and practice over other people. In a civil state, authority is made formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government.In the exercise of governance, the terms authority and power are inaccurate synonyms.

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