American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A legal instrument authorizing one to act as another's attorney or agent.
- n. uncountable, law The legal authorisation of one person to act as the agent of another.
- n. countable, law A legal document allowing one person to act as the agent of another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See under Attorney.
- n. a legal instrument authorizing someone to act as the grantor's agent
- From earlier sense of attorney indicating any personal representative. (Wiktionary)
“I handed him a certified copy of the power of attorney and Ivan's Alternate Director letter which, although much creased by now through having been folded into my shirt pocket for the cross-country expedition, worked its customary suspension of prompt ejection, and, smooth man that he was, he listened courteously to my plea for the workers at the brewery to receive their wages as usual for this present week, and for the pensioners to be paid also, while the insolvency practitioner, Mrs Morden, tried to put together a committee of creditors for a voluntary arrangement.”
“Darin [sic] and Danene [sic] are to have power of attorney over everything I own.”
“He issued a power of attorney and the attorney-in-fact closed the account. ”
“Tobias Tollright looked me up and down, inspected the power of attorney and Ivan's letter and telephoned my mother.”
“When the air had settled after his departure, Mrs Morden asked if by any chance I had a replacement certified copy of the power of attorney which, owing to Ivan's foresight in giving me ten, I had.”
“The power of attorney was yet again carefully inspected, a certified copy accepted and ready to be filed away, and a copy of Ivan's letter taken, as had been done also at Tollright's firm, and the bank.”
“Will you send, for this purpose, your power of attorney to Baciocchi, or to whomsoever you think fit?”
“At the same time I send you a power of attorney for M. Guyot, by which I renounce all claims to the parts of my operas which may be represented at the benefit for the celebrated and unfortunate Rameau family.”
“Before leaving New Orleans, Eliza had executed a power of attorney to Mr Colter, ” to whom the copy of Mr Curtis's will, intrusted to Montgomery, was delivered, ” to proceed under it at law for the recovery of her share of her father's inheritance, with an agreement for an equal division between them of whatever might be got.”
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