ostensible authority

noun

  • Business (Corporate) Law/Company Law

Definitions of ostensible authority

  • authority which is apparent, appearing to be true, which the principal, intentionally or carelessly, causes or allows a third party to believe the agent has

    The director had ostensible authority to sell a part of the business as the company was aware of his actions and did not stop him.

Phrase Bank for ostensible authority

  • The court found that no ostensible authority existed.

  • The supplier relied on the ostensible authority given to the secretary by her boss to sign the document on the company’s behalf.

  • The agent was deemed to have ostensible authority to sign the agreement.