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Delegate

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.

delegate

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

see DELEGATION.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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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The judge in Delisle observed that the maxim delegatus non potest delegare was simply an interpretive rule.
Benche ossessionate dal desiderio di vendetta, Bitinna e la moicheutria rinunciano entrambe a eseguire in prima persona la condanna inflitta al concupito, preferendo delegare persone specificamente addette a questa incombenza.
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Quindi se tali fedeli desiderano celebrare il matrimonio nella parrocchia del territorio in cui hanno il domicilio l'Ordinario o il parroco dell'Ordinariato, per la validita della celebrazione, debbono delegare la facolta di assistere a tale matrimonio.