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Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Authorization \Au`thor*i*za"tion\, n. [Cf. F. autorisation.]
   The act of giving authority or legal power; establishment by
   authority; sanction or warrant.

         The authorization of laws.               --Motley.

         A special authorization from the chief.  --Merivale.

Source : WordNet®

     n 1: a document giving an official instruction or command [syn: {mandate},
     2: the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has
        the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given
        authorization to make arrests" [syn: {authority}, {authorisation},
         {dominance}, {say-so}]
     3: official permission or approval; "authority for the program
        was renewed several times" [syn: {authority}, {authorisation},
     4: the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
        [syn: {authorisation}, {empowerment}]
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