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Definition of Authorization

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official permission; permit; empowerment; mandate; consent (also authorisation)
Authorization Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
Authorization Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The act of giving authority or legal power; establishment by authority; sanction or warrant.
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\au`thor*i*za"tion\ (&?;), n. [cf. f. autorisation.] the act of giving authority or legal power; establishment by authority; sanction or warrant. the authorization of laws. a special authorization from the chief. --merivale.

WordNet 2.0

1. a document giving an official instruction or command
(synonym) mandate, authorisation
(hypernym) legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument
(attribute) authorized, authorised
(classification) law, jurisprudence
2. the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
(synonym) authority, authorisation, dominance, say-so
(hypernym) control
(hyponym) power of appointment
3. official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
(synonym) authority, authorisation, sanction
(hypernym) permission
(derivation) authorize, authorise, pass, clear
4. the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
(synonym) authorisation, empowerment
(hypernym) management, direction
(hyponym) sanction
(derivation) empower, authorise, authorize
Authorization Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Glossary of Political Economy Terms
A (proposed) formal act (or "law") of a legislative body (such as the U.S. Congress or a state legislature) that legally establishes a new government agency or program or else renews or extends an existing agency or program whose previous legal authorization to exist would otherwise expire with the passage of time. Authorizations may be for one year or more than one year -- about one-half of current Federal spending is by agencies or programs subject to annual re-authorization, while the other half gets its legal basis either from longer term authorization bills or from permanent laws that provide spending authority automatically to ongoing entitlement programs like Social Security. Authorization bills also include specific figures as funding levels for the agencies and programs, but these sums are upper limits only (for the guidance of the appropriations committee) -- no money can actually be spent or committed by the agency or program administrators until after a separate appropriation bill has also been passed and signed into law, legally enabling the Treasury to disburse the money. The amount of money eventually appropriated for an agency or program is most often less than the amount previously authorized, so an authorization bill is rather like a necessary "hunting license" for an appropriation rather than a guarantee. No appropriation can be made for an unauthorized program, but even an authorized program may still die or be unable to perform all its assigned functions for lack of a sufficiently large appropriation of funds. This often happens in the decentralized American political system, because authorization bills are each drafted by one of the many specialized standing committees in Congress (the Agriculture Committee, the Armed Forces Committee, etc. -- who tend to be cheerleaders for "their" pet agencies), while appropriation bills are drafted by the different set of lawmakers who serve on the specialized subcommittees of the Appropriations committees in the two chambers (who still have to get their funding choices through the full Appropriations committee, which is responsible for weighing the relative merits and urgency of all the different programs against each other before dividing up the budget pie).
[See also: appropriation bill ]
Authorization Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
1. The rights granted to a user to access, read, modify, insert, or delete certain data, or to execute certain programs. 2. Access rights granted to a user, program, or process. [NIS]
Authorization Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
The process by which access to a method or resource is determined. Authorization in the J2EE platform depends upon the determination of whether the principal associated with a request through authentication is in a given security role. A security role is a logical grouping of users defined by an Application Component Provider or Assembler . A Deployer maps security roles to security identities. Security identities may be principals or groups in the operational environment.
Noman's Java(TM) Glossary
See access control.
DW and OLAP terms
The operation that verifies the permissions and access rights granted to a user.
Authorization Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Authorization or authorisation is the function of specifying access rights to resources related to information security and computer security in general and to access control in particular. More formally, "to authorize" is to define an access policy. For example, human resources staff is normally authorized to access employee records and this policy is usually formalized as access control rules in a computer system. During operation, the system uses the access control rules to decide whether access requests from (authenticated) consumers shall be approved (granted) or disapproved (rejected). Resources include individual files or an item's data, computer programs, computer devices and functionality provided by computer applications. Examples of consumers are computer users, computer programs and other devices on the computer.

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Authorization Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Basic, substantive legislation that establishes or continues the legal operation of a federal program or agency, either indefinitely or for a specific period of time, or which sanctions a particular type of obligation or expenditure. An authorization normally is a prerequisite for an appropriation or other kind of budget authority. Under the rules of both houses, the appropriation for a program or agency may not be considered until its authorization has been considered. An authorization also may limit the amount of budget authority to be provided or may authorize the appropriation of 'such sums as may be necessary.'
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Authorization Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
The commission to a certain person or body to act on behalf of another person or body. The person or body can be authorized e.g. to issue Bills of Lading or to collect freight.