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A person who is appointed, authorized, delegated, or commissioned to act in the place of another. Transfer of authority from one to another. A person to whom affairs are committed by another.

A person elected or appointed to be a member of a representative assembly. Usually spoken of one sent to a special or occasional assembly or convention. Person selected by a constituency and authorized to act for it at a party or state political convention.

As a verb, it means to transfer authority from one person to another; to empower one to perform a task in behalf of another, e.g., a landlord may delegate an agent to collect rents.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1) v. to assign authority to another. 2) n. a person chosen to attend a convention, conference or meeting on behalf of an organization, constituency, interest group or business.

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DELEGATE. A person elected by the people of a territory of the United States, to congress, who has a seat in congress, and a right of debating, but not of voting. Ordinance of July, 13, 1787, 3 Story's L. U. S. 2076.
     2. The delegates from the territories of the United States are entitled to send and receive letters, free of postage, on the same terms and conditions as members of the senate and house of representatives of the United States; and also to the same compensation as is allowed to members of the senate and house of representatives. Act of February 18, 1802, 2 Story, L. U. S. 828.
     3. A delegate is also a person elected to some deliberative assembly, usually one for the nomination of officers.
     4. In contracts, a delegate is one who is authorized by another in the name of the latter; an attorney.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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at 3 (quantifying delegable environmental programs such as the CWA, CAA, and SMCRA programs, as well as programs implementing numerous other environmental laws).
A better approach to species protection in the delegable NPDES program is for EPA to continue to consult in its oversight role of state-issued permits.
The plans are delegable, enabling a collaborative problem solving.
De estos 34 alumnos, 15% senala la fase de planificacion como no delegable, 15% senala la fase de valoracion, y en porcentajes menores se senalan el diagnostico y la ejecucion.
Olson divides the president's powers into two categories: those functions vested in him by law that, under the Constitution and statutes, with minor limitations, he may delegate, and those "inherent" powers vested in him by the Constitution that are not delegable (Olson 1981, 95).
States now operate 75 percent of the delegable programs--Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, etc.
* Delegable time-Tasks you could delegate to support staff