feminine noun
1. (legal) 
a. authority 
El consejo goza de plena potestad para suspender a un empleado que ha cometido una infracción.The council has full authority to suspend an employee who has committed an offense.
La potestad del capitán de barco depende del tipo de nave que comande.The legal authority of a sea captain depends on the kind of ship they are commanding.
c. power 
El presidente tiene la potestad de nombrar al primer ministro.The president has the power to appoint the prime minister.
1. (general) 
a. authority, power 
authority; jurisdiction
patria potestad paternal authority; potestad marital husband's (legal) authority
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