apparent authority


apparent authority
In the law of agency, such authority as the principal knowingly or negligently permits the agent to assume, or which he holds the agent out as possessing. Such authority as he appears to have by reason of the actual authority which he has. Such authority as a reasonably prudent man, using diligence and discretion, in view of the principal's conduct, would naturally suppose the agent to possess. Finnegan Constr. Co. v. Robino-Ladd Co., 354 A.2d 142, 144.
Such authority as a principal intentionally or by want of ordinary care causes or allows third person to believe that agent possesses. Lewis v. Michigan Milers Mut. Ins. Co., 154 Conn. 660, 228 A.2d 803, 806.
It includes the power to do whatever is usually done and necessary to be done in order to carry into effect the principal power conferred. The power to affect the legal relations of another person by transactions with third persons, professedly as agent for the other, arising from and in accordance with the other's manifestations to such third persons. Restatement, Second, Agency No. 8
apparent authority 2)
That which, though not actually granted, the principal knowingly permits the agent to exercise, or which he holds him out as possessing. The power to affect the legal relations of another person by transactions with third persons, professedly as agent for the other, arising from and in accordance with the other's manifestations to such third persons. Restatement, Second, Agency, No. 8.
See authority by estoppel

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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