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deputation

[dep-yuh-tey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp yəˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others.
2.
the person or body of persons so appointed or authorized.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for deputation

deputation

/ˌdɛpjʊˈteɪʃən/
noun
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 and History for deputation
n.

late 14c., noun of action from depute (v.).

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