the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others.
the person or body of persons so appointed or authorized.

1350–1400; Middle English deputacioun < Medieval Latin dēputātiōn- (stem of dēputātiō), Late Latin: delegation, equivalent to dēputāt(us) (past participle of dēputāre; see depute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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deputation (ˌdɛpjʊˈteɪʃən)
1.  the act of appointing a person or body of people to represent or act on behalf of others
2.  a person or, more often, a body of people so appointed; delegation

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., noun of action from depute.
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Example sentences
He was afterward, by a solemn deputation of the nobility, called to the crown.
Initial deputation will be for a period of five years unless suspended or revoked by the program.
Prior law enforcement authorization was derived from an administrative deputation process.
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