Authorization vs. Authority

Authorization vs. Authority — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Authorization and Authority

Authorizationnoun

The act of authorizing.

Authoritynoun

The power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge.

Authorizationnoun

Something that authorizes; a sanction.

Authoritynoun

One that is invested with this power, especially a government or body of government officials

land titles issued by the civil authority.

Authorizationnoun

(uncountable) Permission.

I've got authorization. Call the office and you'll see.

Authoritynoun

Power assigned to another; authorization

Deputies were given authority to make arrests.
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Authorizationnoun

(countable) An act of authorizing.

Authoritynoun

A public agency or corporation with administrative powers in a specified field

a city transit authority.

Authorizationnoun

(countable) (A document giving) formal sanction, permission or warrant.

Can I see your authorization?

Authoritynoun

An accepted source of expert information or advice

a noted authority on birds.a reference book often cited as an authority.

Authorizationnoun

(government) Permission, possibly limited, to spend funds for a specific budgetary purpose.

We've had the authorization for years, but we've never gotten an appropriation.

Authoritynoun

A quotation or citation from such a source

biblical authorities for a moral argument.
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Authorizationnoun

a document giving an official instruction or command

Authoritynoun

Justification; grounds

On what authority do you make such a claim?.

Authorizationnoun

the power or right to give orders or make decisions;

he has the authority to issue warrantsdeputies are given authorization to make arrests

Authoritynoun

A conclusive statement or decision that may be taken as a guide or precedent.

Authorizationnoun

official permission or approval;

authority for the program was renewed several times

Authoritynoun

Power to influence or persuade resulting from knowledge or experience

political observers who acquire authority with age.

Authorizationnoun

the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

Authoritynoun

Confidence derived from experience or practice; firm self-assurance

played the sonata with authority.

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!

Authoritynoun

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

Authoritynoun

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

the world's foremost authority on orangutans

Authoritynoun

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

New York Port Authority

Authoritynoun

the power or right to give orders or make decisions;

he has the authority to issue warrantsdeputies are given authorization to make arrests

Authoritynoun

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

the authorities have issued a curfew

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 popularafter that failure he lost his confidenceshe spoke with authority

Authoritynoun

an administrative unit of government;

the Central Intelligence Agencythe Census BureauOffice of Management and BudgetTennessee 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