apparent authority

   Appearing to be the agent of another (i.e., the employer or principal) with the power to act for her or him. Under the law of agency, the principal is liable for the acts (e.g., damage caused, contracts signed) of her or his employee (i.e., agent), and this applies to someone who only appears (to a customer, supplier or other member of the public) to have been given authority. Providing someone who is not a proper agent with, for example, stationery, forms, a company truck or an office desk could be considered granting them apparent authority, leaving the employer liable. See ostensible agent.

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  • authority by estoppel — authority by estoppel: apparent authority at authority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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