official

(redirected from Official capacity)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

official

1) adj. an act, document or anything sanctioned or authorized by a public official or public agency. The term can also apply to an organizational act or product which is authorized by the organization, such as an Official Boy Scout knife or emblem, an official warranty, membership card, or set of rules. 2) n. a public officer or governmental employee who is empowered to exercise judgment. 3) n. an officer of a corporation or business. (See: officer)

official

adjective accredited, approved, assured, attested, authenticated, authoritative, ceremonious, certain, certified, conclusive, correct, decided, definite, dependable, endorsed, established, formal, guaranteed, indisputable, legitimate, licensed, magisterial, officiary, proper, proven, publicus, reliable, sanctioned, to be depended on, to be trusted, trustworthy, undeniable, unequivocal, valid, verified, worthy of confidence
Associated concepts: official act, official bond, official busiiess, official misconduct, official notice, official proceeding, official record

official

noun administrative head, administrator, executive, executive officer, functionary, head of government, leader, leader of affairs, office bearer, officer, overseer, person in authority, person reeponsible, public office holder, superintendent, supervisor
Associated concepts: public official
See also: actual, certain, choate lien, civic, clerk, ex officio, factual, fixed, formal, functionary, genuine, incumbent, indubious, legitimate, magistrate, notary public, officer, politician, rightful, valid

OFFICIAL, civil and canon laws. In the ancient civil law, the person who was the minister of, or attendant upon a magistrate, was called the official.
     2. In the canon law, the person to whom the bishop generally commits the charge of his spiritual jurisdiction, bears this name. Wood's Inst. 30, 505; Merl. Repert. h.t.

References in periodicals archive ?
The Dochas Centre has an official capacity of 85 prisoners, but new figures show that there are 129 women locked up.
August 28: Official capacity raised to 15,000 and the racecourse officially opened by the former "Voice of Racing" Sir Peter O'Sullevan.
This comment was made in Parliament in his official capacity as a Labour MP, not made privately as an individual.
TONY McCOY, who resigned as jointpresident of the Professional Jockeys Association a year ago, is set to return to the fold in an official capacity at the organisation's annual general meeting at Warwick next Wednesday, writes Graham Green.
Both were banned from any official capacity from October 9 to November 20 having already been suspended by the club.
Bahraini officials visited Israel in an official capacity for the first time on Friday to collect five of their nationals Israel was deporting, a Bahraini news report and an Israeli official said.
The mayor said he was there to give a speech in an official capacity and there was "no reason at all" why the bill should not be paid by the taxpayer.
The winner of the national competition will serve as the National Representative for BPW/USA and may attend functions in their official capacity.
They describe expressions of poverty in terms of their construction within material culture, within archeology that reveals the differences and their meaning, in discrimination at the end of the era, in gender, in disability (from a Jewish perspective), in their official capacity as pauper, amongst Italian intellectuals, as a literary commonplace, in elegant wall paintings, in depiction of "poor queens," amongst the Poor of Christ and in expressions of food.
As a Welshman I formally ask Rhodri Morgan, pictured, and Assembly Members not to attend the Beijing Olympics in an official capacity.
I will attend approximately 30 shoots throughout the game shooting season and I have never seen a police officer nor heard of an officer attending an organised game shoot in his official capacity.
That mark will likely be bested when the Indians visit Knoxville's Neyland Stadium, home to the Tennessee Volunteers, with an official capacity of 102,037 (Tennessee's attendance figures regularly top that number, however).