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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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Although the draft rules have yet to be officially implemented, reports indicate that the KMT will select its presidential nominee based entirely on opinion polls carried out among KMT party members.
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Cat Mealor, general manager of Pesto at the Yacht in Parkgate Road, Woodbank, Chester, which officially opens on Monday, July 23.
At this meeting, the formal changing of the seasons takes place, meaning Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham will be officially readmitted into the Premier League while the topflight table is also reset ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
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Taekwondo has customarily been perceived as the national martial art but wasn't officially recognized by the law.
BEIRUT: A joint list headed by Popular Nasserite Organization leader Osama Saad and Ibrahim Azar officially registered Friday morning for the Sidon-Jezzine electoral district, the state-run National News Agency reported.
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KASUR -- The Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) members staged a protest on Ellahabad Road against overcharging in electricity bills and the sugar mills for not purchasing sugarcane as per officially fixed prices on Monday.