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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)

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His war work was ideal preparation for the Official History, and illustrating terrain in the relatively featureless desert was not a difficulty.
The Official History of Welsh Rugby, presented and narrated by Jonathan Davies, is interspersed with interviews from Dai Smith, Vivien Jenkins, Clive Rowlands, Robert Jones, Phil Bennett and Shane Williams and traces the ups and downs of the Dragons from the foundation of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1881.
There are many more strong points the author makes, and overall it is an official history that should not be overlooked by today's military members.
Beaverbrook may not have written the first official history but his assiduous collecting of raw records assured that such a task could be accomplished.
The reclassified documents identified by historians included material that had been published by the State Department as part of an official history of foreign relations; a 1962 telegram in which the U.S.
Poledna repeatedly draws on such diverse strands of political and pop-cultural materials to investigate the multilayered and polyvalent dimensions of cultural representation, specifically those that assume the status of official history. His last three shorts--Actualite, Western Recording, and Version--reveal an emerging preoccupation with the relation of sound to images.
"From its very first days, the BIS has acted as an agent for the central banking community in providing short-term emergency support, helping to address financial crises threatening the stability of the international financial system as a whole," says the bank in its official history. Early on, during the financial crisis of 1931-33, the BIS organized support credits for both the Austrian and German central banks.
This plan had to be brought forward when I was asked in 1996 if I would like to write the official history of the Falklands campaign.
Dating in its official history from the early 1200's, but with cultural roots even further back, Latvia had by World War II known only 20 years of independence.
Moir was recognized by the assembly as the official history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The RNC'S official history, while leaving out the crucial role played by railroad lobbyists, correctly grounds the party's origins in the antislavery and homestead movements of the 1850s.

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