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Authority (derived frae the Laitin wird [auctoritas] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)), as a concept, can be uised tae mean the richt tae exercise pouer gien bi the State (in the form o govrenment, juidges, polis officers, etc.), or bi academic knawledge o an aurie (someone that can be an authority on a subject) or bi heicher speeritual pouers or deities.