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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An unsupported statement or assurance.
  • n. Informal An authoritative expression of permission or approval.
  • n. Informal The right or authority to decide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Statement that something is so.
  • n. Permission.
  • n. Say, voice (in a matter).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A saying or assertion; especially, an authoritative declaration; a command.
  • n. A personal assertion; an expression of individual opinion; hence, mere report; rumor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  • n. an authoritative declaration
  • n. one chap's arbitrary assertion

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