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CONSTITUTED AUTHORITIES. Those powers which the constitution of each people
has established to govern them, to cause their rights to be respected, and
to maintain those of each of its members.
2. They arc called constituted, to distinguish them from the constituting authority which has created or organized them, or has delegated to an authority, which it has itself created, the right of establishing or regulating their movements. The officers appointed under the constitution are also collectively called the constituted authorities. Dall. Dict. mots Contrainte par corps, n. 526.