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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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


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