power


power
pow·er n
1: capability of acting or of producing an effect
parties of unequal bargaining power
2 a: authority or capacity to act that is delegated by law or constitution
— often used in pl.
commerce power often cap C&P: the power delegated to Congress under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution to regulate commerce esp. among the states see also commerce clause
concurrent power: a power that is held simultaneously by more than one entity; specif: a power delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution that is also held by the states
enu·mer·at·ed powers /i-'nü-mə-ˌrā-təd-, -'nyü-/: the powers specifically named and delegated to the federal government or prohibited to be exercised by the states under the U.S. Constitution compare reserved powers in this entry
executive power: the power delegated to the executive of a government; specif: any or all of the powers delegated to the president under Article II of the U.S. Constitution
implied power: a power that is reasonably necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of a power expressly granted; esp: a power that is not specifically delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution but that is implied by the necessary and proper clause to be delegated for the purpose of carrying out the enumerated powers see also mcculloch v. maryland in the important cases section
judicial power: the power granted to the judicial branch of a government; specif: the power delegated to the judiciary under Article III of the U.S. Constitution
legislative power: the power delegated to a legislative branch of a government; specif: any or all of the powers delegated to the Congress under Article I of the U.S. Constitution
police power: the power of a government to exercise reasonable control over persons and property within its jurisdiction in the interest of the general security, health, safety, morals, and welfare except where legally prohibited (as by constitutional provision)
reserved powers: the political powers reserved by a constitution to the exclusive jurisdiction of a specified political authority; specif: powers that are not expressly delegated to the federal government nor expressly prohibited to the states and are therefore left to the states under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution compare enumerated powers in this entry
spend·ing power: the power granted to a government body to make expenditures; specif: the power delegated to Congress under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the U.S.
tax·ing power: the power granted to a government body to lay and collect taxes; specif: such power delegated to Congress under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution
war powers: the powers delegated to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government relating to the waging of war: as
a: the power delegated to Congress under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution to declare war
b: the power delegated to the president under Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution to serve as commander in chief of the armed forces
b: an ability, authority, or right usu. conferred by one person upon another to do something that effects a change in a legal relationship; specif: such authority or right to affect another's interest in property (as by conveyance) see also power of appointment, power of attorney
collateral power: naked power in this entry
general power: a power that may be exercised in favor of anyone including the donee
implied power: the power of one acting under an implied agency
naked power: a power (as a power of sale) granted to one who has no interest in the property to which the power relates (as an executor who is not a legatee or devisee) – called also collateral power; compare power coupled with an interest in this entry
power ap·pen·dant /-ə-'pen-dənt/: a power coupled with an interest (as a grant of a lease) that the donee can exercise only out of an estate (as a life estate) that he or she holds – called also power appurtenant;
power cou·pled with an interest: a power accompanying an interest of the donee in the property to which the power relates
power in gross: a naked power exercisable by the donee only in the creation of estates that will not attach to the estate the donee holds or be satisfied out of the donee's own interest
power of acceptance: the power of an offeree to bind an offeror to a contract by accepting the offer
power of mod·i·fi·ca·tion /ˌmä-də-fə-'kā-shən/: a power reserved in an instrument (as one creating a trust) to make changes by a specified method
power of revocation: a power usu. reserved by a person in an instrument (as one creating a trust) to revoke the legal relationship that the person has created or made a possibility
power of sale: a power granted (as in a will, trust, or mortgage) to sell the property to which the power relates often under specified circumstances (as upon the default of a mortgage)
power of termination: a power of a grantor or the grantor's successors in interest to enter upon an estate that was granted upon a condition after the breach of the condition in order to terminate the granted estate and revest it in the grantor or successors in interest – called also right of entry, right of reentry;
special power: a power in which the person or class of persons to whom the disposition of property under the power is to be made is expressly designated and excludes the donee or where the power is to transfer, charge, or encumber any estate less than a fee simple
stock power: an irrevocable power of attorney used in making a transfer of a certificate of stock
3 a: possession of control, authority, or influence over others
b: one having such power; specif: a sovereign state
c: political control or influence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

power
I noun auspices, authority, command, competence, control, controlment, dominance, domination, dominion, eminence, facility, force, hold, importance, influence, jurisdiction, mastership, mastery, potency, potestas, predominance, prepollence, prepollency, pressure, prestige, primacy, puissance, reign, rule, supremacy, supremeness, sway, vis, warrant, weight associated concepts: apparent power, appointing power, arbitrary power, capacity, concurrent power, contingent power, continuing power, delegated power, discretionary power, equitable power, exercise of power, extinguishment of power, extraordinary power, general power, implicit power, implied power, inchoate power, incidental power, inherent power, legislative power, limited power, mandatory power, necessary power, nonexclusive power of appointment, power coupled with an interest, power of alienation, power of appointment, power of attorney, power of disposition, power of sale, power of termination, release of power, retention of power, revocation of power, special power, taxing power, testamentary power foreign phrases:
- Nemo potest facere per obllquum quod non potest facere per directum. — No man can do indirectly that which he cannot do directly.
- Sequi debet potentia justltiam, non praecedere. — Power ought to follow justice, not precede it
- Potentia non est nisi ad bonum. — Power is not conferred but for the good
- Fortior et potentior est dispositio legis quam hominis. — The disposition of the law has greater force and stronger effect than that of man
- Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. — A power is a vain one if it is never exercised
- Potestas stride interpretatur. — Power should be strictly interpreted
- Delegatus non potest delegare. — A representative cannot delegate his authority
II index advantage, capacity (aptitude), capacity (authority), catalyst, clout, control (supervision), credit (recognition), dint, dominance, dominion (supreme authority), droit, faculty (ability), force (strength), government (administration), hegemony, influence, jurisdiction, license, main force, management (directorate), occupation (possession), option (contractual provision), patronage (power to appoint jobs), potential, predominance, prerogative, pressure, prestige, primacy, puissance, quality (excellence), range, realm, regime, right (entitlement), sinew, strength, supremacy, title (right), validity, warrant (authorization), weight (importance)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


power
n.
Authority; the ability or liberty to do something.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


power
The right, ability, or authority to perform an act. An ability to generate a change in a particular legal relationship by doing or not doing a certain act.
In a restricted sense, a liberty or authority that is reserved by, or limited to, a person to dispose of real or personal property, for his or her own benefit or for the benefit of others, or that enables one person to dispose of an interest that is vested in another.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


power
I
The right, ability, or authority to perform an act. An ability to generate a change in a particular legal relationship by doing or not doing a certain act.
 
In a restricted sense, a liberty or authority that is reserved by, or limited to, a person to dispose of real or personal property, for his or her own benefit or for the benefit of others, or that enables one person to dispose of an interest that is vested in another.
II Authority to do. One has the power to do something if he is of legal age. Also, used as "powers," the term refers to authority granted by one person to another, i.e., powers given an executor in a will or an agent in a power of attorney.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

power
n.
   the right, authority and ability to take some action or accomplish something, including demanding action, executing documents, contracting, taking title, transferring, exercising legal rights and many other acts.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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