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- n. A resource, usually information or knowledge, the possession of which gives the possessor access to power.
Originating from the concept of resources that were the means of obtaining control over an actual kingdom, i.e., a realm under the rulership of a king. Compare also King James Bible Matthew 16:19, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven." (Wiktionary)