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power of attorney

noun, Law.
1.
a written document given by one person or party to another authorizing the latter to act for the former.
Origin of power of attorney
1740-1750
1740-50
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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

noun
1.
legal authority to act for another person in certain specified matters
2.
the document conferring such authority
Sometimes shortened to letter of attorney
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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