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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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[and] hostile to 'officialism,' arguing that lawyers should not become means to an administrative end of applying complicated statutes." Daunton goes on to associate Dicey with the "strong professional ideology" of lawyers "as defenders of individual rights, linked with an ad hoc approach and resistance to general principles, which gave considerable significance to informal understandings between the revenue authorities, accountants and lawyers" [ibid.].
As Wilson wrote, "[P]olicy will have no taint of officialism about it.
Through his Ephemeral Committee on Purity of Conscience, he served the intellectual community with unofficial, unrelenting mockery of campus officialism, error, stupidity, pretension, hypocrisy, and arrogance.
officialism, expensive red tape and corruption inducing proliferation