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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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This will also be the first time for RSS that a book by their senior functionary will be released by a publisher that isn't part of an in-house team.
Since, he said, the failure of the criminal justice system to promptly respond to the complaint of the petitioner and then to conduct effective investigations stands established in the instant case, each public functionary has made himself liable to pay special costs to the petitioner.
Krajmer is the first police functionary to leave his post since Tomas Drucker replaced Robert Kaliak in the post of Interior Minister.
Sources said that land acquisition collectors who were appointed in 24 Tehsils under the sweet will of top functionary of Punjab government are stated to be behind the fixation of inflated rates for acquisition of land.
Former SDSM functionary Kire Naumov concludes that if Crvenkovski loses these elections, this will be an end to his political career.
Kutev's father, Konstantin Kutev, was a longtime BSP functionary.
Dismissals of deputy ministers and ministers are not ruled out either," the BDI functionary explains.
Nova Makedonija has learned that the abovementioned functionary is former interior minister and former presidential candidate Ljubomir Frckoski.
Wang made the remark in response to calls from Lawmaker Ho Tsai-feng of the ruling Kuomintang, who noted that after the 3% hike, every public functionary will see their monthly pay increase by NT$2,230 on average.
According to Taleski, the latest example with the purchase of building land by a present functionary shows how the politics is understood and practiced as personal business.
Reportedly, a team of the health functionary administered polio drops in Hajweri Town, a thickly populated vicinity of the city belonging to the working class.
Zack Wormhaut's seasoned skate facility design team took it all in as did LA city civic arts functionary Stash Maleski.