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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun authorities:


Authorities is a member of the word family authority, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Video footage: Paris, France, May 2016. City authorities have recently decided to close the Champs-�lysées to traffic once a month. The initiative has proved very popular with huge crowds lining the famous street.
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Definition of the noun authorities

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  1. the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

Specialised definition of the noun authorities

Glossary of justice

judicial decisions or opinions of authors of repute used as grounds of statements of law


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Google previewMedicare (2008)

Early Evidence of Compliance Program Effectiveness Is Inconclusive by Leslie G. Aronovitz

Another possible indicator of effectiveness mentioned by law enforcement authorities is the frequency of disciplinary actions taken against noncompliant employees. Hospital officials in our study agreed that these measures could indicate ...

Google previewLectio Divina (2011)

The Medieval Experience of Reading by Duncan Robertson

retained, however, from the ancient authorities is a respect for deep-rootedness in education—Quintilian values the exercise of writing, as noted above, for this reason—and a corresponding distrust of shallow precocity.12 memorization thus ...

Google previewJobsworth (2013)

Confessions of the Man from the Council by Malcolm Philips

ON THE FIDDLE The convoluted nature of big organisations such as local authorities means thatthey offeran infinite varietyof possibilities for playing the system and, inshort, nicking things. Vince introduced metoa moreorlesshonest way of ...

Google previewEuropean Yearbook of International Economic Law 2013 (2013)

by Christoph Herrmann, Markus Krajewski, Jörg Philipp Terhechte

US trucking service providers by US regulatory authorities is the basis of comparison with the treatment . . . of Mexican trucking service providers . . . in determining whether the United States ...

Google previewChallenging Women (1999)

Gender, Culture and Organization by Su Maddock

There is a need for sustaining organizational cultures, but the reality in many public authorities is an intensification of work and the blame culture. The top- down systems approach to change gave rise to a huge interest in senior executives and ...

Google previewDictionary Of Social Work (2010)

The Definitive A to Z of Social Work and Social Care by John Pierson

National Assistance Act 1948 a legal cornerstone of the welfare state giving local authorities the duty to provide residential accommodation for vulnerable adults who need it. This Act, introduced as part of the welfare state after the Second ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India (2002)

No social legislation, no administrative measures per se can even reach the shadow of successful implementation without the co-operation of and coordination among the concerned authorities. Due to this reason that these authorities need to ...

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Quotes about Authorities

When the authorities warn you of the dangers of having sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities. (Matt Groening)
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Scrabble value of A1U1T1H4O1R1I1T1I1E1S1

The value of this 11-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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