from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of delegating or state of being delegated.
  • noun The authority, office, or position of a delegate.
  • noun A body of delegates; a delegation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of delegating, or the state of being delegated.
  • noun A number of persons delegated; a delegation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The act of delegating, or state of being delegated; deputed power.
  • noun obsolete A body of delegates or commissioners; a delegation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The position or state of being a delegate.
  • noun A collection of delegates.

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

  • noun the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
  • noun the appointment of a delegate
  • noun a group of representatives or delegates


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  • What bitter responsibility to offset the power of super-delegacy, hmmm?

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