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power of attorney

noun, Law.
a written document given by one person or party to another authorizing the latter to act for the former.
Origin of power of attorney
1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • When some one holding my power-of-attorney presents himself at Brescia, payment cannot be refused.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • You have nothing to do, M. Champcey, but to give M. de Brevan a power-of-attorney in proper form.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • It was five o'clock, when the power-of-attorney and the deed were signed, and the two friends left the worthy notary's office.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for power-of-attorney

power of attorney

legal authority to act for another person in certain specified matters
the document conferring such authority
Sometimes shortened to letter of attorney
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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