n. the capacity to influence others either directly or indirectly. Formal authority, for example, enables an individual to exert influence as a result of either high, legally recognized office (legitimate authority). Informal authority is based on the individual having attributes that facilitate achievement of a group

AUTHORITY: "A person in authority has power over others. "
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