Definition of "Authority" :
noun: official permission or approval
"Authority for the program was renewed several times."
noun: the power or right to give orders or make decisions
"He has the authority to issue warrants."
noun: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
"She spoke with authority."
noun: an authoritative written work
"This book is the final authority on the life of Milton."
noun: an administrative unit of government
"Tennessee Valley Authority."
noun: an expert whose views are taken as definitive
"He is an authority on corporate law."
noun: (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others