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4 definitions found
 for Power of attorney
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Power \Pow"er\, n. [OE. pouer, poer, OF. poeir, pooir, F.
     pouvoir, n. & v., fr. LL. potere, for L. posse, potesse, to
     be able, to have power. See Possible, Potent, and cf.
     Posse comitatus.]
     1. Ability to act, regarded as latent or inherent; the
        faculty of doing or performing something; capacity for
        action or performance; capability of producing an effect,
        whether physical or moral: potency; might; as, a man of
        great power; the power of capillary attraction; money
        gives power. "One next himself in power, and next in
        crime." --Milton.
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     2. Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength,
        force, or energy in action; as, the power of steam in
        moving an engine; the power of truth, or of argument, in
        producing conviction; the power of enthusiasm. "The power
        of fancy." --Shak.
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     3. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted
        upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as,
        great power of endurance.
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              Power, then, is active and passive; faculty is
              active power or capacity; capacity is passive power.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
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     4. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the
        exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion;
        sway; command; government.
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              Power is no blessing in itself but when it is
              employed to protect the innocent.     --Swift.
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     5. The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual
        invested with authority; an institution, or government,
        which exercises control; as, the great powers of Europe;
        hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity.
        "The powers of darkness." --Milton.
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              And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
                                                    --Matt. xxiv.
                                                    29.
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     6. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
        --Spenser.
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              Never such a power . . .
              Was levied in the body of a land.     --Shak.
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     7. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o? good
        things. [Colloq.] --Richardson.
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     8. (Mech.)
        (a) The rate at which mechanical energy is exerted or
            mechanical work performed, as by an engine or other
            machine, or an animal, working continuously; as, an
            engine of twenty horse power.
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     Note: The English unit of power used most commonly is the
           horse power. See Horse power.
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        (b) A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical
            energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand
            power, etc.
        (c) Applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as,
            the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a
            weight at the other end.
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     Note: This use in mechanics, of power as a synonym for force,
           is improper and is becoming obsolete.
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        (d) A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a
            motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
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     Note: Power is used adjectively, denoting, driven, or adapted
           to be driven, by machinery, and not actuated directly
           by the hand or foot; as, a power lathe; a power loom; a
           power press.
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     9. (Math.) The product arising from the multiplication of a
        number into itself; as, a square is the second power, and
        a cube is third power, of a number.
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     10. (Metaph.) Mental or moral ability to act; one of the
         faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul; as,
         the power of thinking, reasoning, judging, willing,
         fearing, hoping, etc. --I. Watts.
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               The guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of
               my powers, drove the grossness . . . into a
               received belief.                     --Shak.
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     11. (Optics) The degree to which a lens, mirror, or any
         optical instrument, magnifies; in the telescope, and
         usually in the microscope, the number of times it
         multiplies, or augments, the apparent diameter of an
         object; sometimes, in microscopes, the number of times it
         multiplies the apparent surface.
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     12. (Law) An authority enabling a person to dispose of an
         interest vested either in himself or in another person;
         ownership by appointment. --Wharton.
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     13. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the
         business was referred to a committee with power.
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     Note: Power may be predicated of inanimate agents, like the
           winds and waves, electricity and magnetism,
           gravitation, etc., or of animal and intelligent beings;
           and when predicated of these beings, it may indicate
           physical, mental, or moral ability or capacity.
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     Mechanical powers. See under Mechanical.
  
     Power loom, or Power press. See Def. 8
         (d), note.
  
     Power of attorney. See under Attorney.
  
     Power of a point (relative to a given curve) (Geom.), the
        result of substituting the coordinates of any point in
        that expression which being put equal to zero forms the
        equation of the curve; as, x^{2 + y^{2} - 100 is the
        power of the point x, y, relative to the circle x^{2 +
        y^{2 - 100 = 0.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  power of attorney
      n 1: a legal instrument authorizing someone to act as the
           grantor's agent

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "power of attorney":
     agency, agentship, assignment, authority, authorization, brevet,
     care, change, charge, commission, commissioning, commitment,
     commutation, consignment, cure, delegated authority, delegation,
     deputation, deputyship, devolution, devolvement, displacement,
     embassy, empowerment, entrusting, entrustment, errand, exchange,
     executorship, exequatur, factorship, full power, jurisdiction,
     legation, license, lieutenancy, mandate, mission, office,
     plenipotentiary power, power to act, procuration, proxy, purview,
     quid pro quo, regency, regentship, replacement, representation,
     responsibility, subrogation, substitution, supersedence,
     superseding, supersedure, supersession, supplantation, supplanting,
     supplantment, switch, task, tit for tat, trust, trusteeship,
     vicarious authority, vicariousness, warrant
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  POWER OF ATTORNEY. Vide Letter of attorney, and 1 Mood. Or. Cas. 57, 58. 
  
  

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