auctorite (plural auctorites)
- Legal authority or control; the privilege of exercising control.
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Pardoners Prologue”, in The Canterbury Tales, in Middle English), [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], , in Middle English), [London]: Printed by [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868, folio lxx, recto, column 2:
- And who ſo fyndeth hym out of ſuche blame / Commeth up and offre in goddes name / And I assoyle hym by the auctorite / Such as by bulle was graunted to me.
- The right to perform a given action; approval, permission.
- A mixture of charisma and willpower; conviction.
- Legal effectiveness or standing; genuineness.
- The state of being recognized and regarded as useful; worthiness.
- The book, quotation, or source that settles an argument; a definitive, reliable, or precise document or text.