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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.

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The Syrian government's official position is that Makdissi is on "sanctioned leave" in the UK.
Israeli television reports were quoted by AL AKHBAR as saying that Lebanon's "false claims" could be adopted by the Lebanese government as official positions.
Last year, Google had clarified: " Products that have been localised to the local domains of a region depict that country's official position on the region.
According to Utrinski vesnik's correspondent, the Macedonian minister elevated this to the level of an official position at the debate of the foreign policy committee of the European Parliament.
Meanwhile, the newspaper Il Giornale reported that a commission of theologians meeting in mid-May decided the information contained in the official position, or position paper, was not complete enough.
Manama: A prominent Bahraini MP is building up pressure on the government to seek Tehran's official position on the latest claims by an Iranian parliamentarian that Bahrain was part of Iran.
Through a spokesman, Nunez responded that "this is another issue of individual choice where the overwhelming majority of Catholics have a different perspective than the official position of the church."
"There is no official position," said managing director Jean-Claude Blanc in remarks reported by
Although ONS has taken no official position on the DNP, it recognizes that nurses have differing opinions about the degree and its impact on the nursing profession, especially with respect to advanced practice nursing roles.
Breaking the Silence stated that PAS "has been thoroughly debunked by the American Psychological Association." An APA statement issued in response said the organization took no official position on the syndrome but also pointed out that "an APA 1996 Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family noted the lack of data to support so-called 'parental alienation syndrome,' and raised concern about the term's use." It is worth noting that the APA's own stance may have been influenced by politics more than science: The 1996 family violence task force was chaired by psychologist Lenore Walker, whose own writings on "battered woman syndrome" have been widely criticized as shoddy and ideologically driven.
In January, more than 20 evangelical leaders wrote to the NAE head and insisted that the group not adopt "any official position" on global warming.
Despite the conflict created by the Vatican's official position, Brian Cahill, executive director of Catholic Charities CYO, says his organization would place children with same-sex couples even if it were exempt from the law because "it's the right thing to do." Currently 700 hard-to-place children "languish" in California's foster care system, he says.