au⋅thor⋅i⋅ty [uh-thawr-i-tee, uh-thor-]
–noun, plural -ties.
An accepted source of information, advice, etc.
An expert on a subject: He is an authority on baseball.
Persuasive force; conviction: She spoke with authority.
People will tend to obey authority figures, even if they are asked to perform objectionable acts.
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