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1. Ability to cause or prevent an action, make things happen; the discretion to act or not act. Opposite of disability, it differs from a right in that it has no accompanying duties.
2. Law: (1) An instrument transferring or vesting legal authorization. (2) The ability conferred on a person by law to determine and alter (by his or her own will) the rights, duties, liabilities, and other legal relations, of himself or others.

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John established a company which produced millions of dollars annually, in five years he became the man with the most power in the country.
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A Judge of the court has the power to send you to jail for not answering all the questions honestly.
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The politician got drunk with power and passed two crazy laws right after he won the election against his enemy in landslide fashion.
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The Balance of Power Between Vendors and Customers
"The balance of power between vendors and customers depends a lot on how many of each there are. When you're a vendor, try to be the exclusive provider. When you're a customer, try to have at least two potential vendors for each product or service (and if appropriate, actually work with both on an ongoing basis)."
- Tom Murcko
One Definition of Power
"Power (n): The only narcotic regulated by the SEC rather than the FDA."
- Unknown
How much power do your buyers have?
"Take a lesson from Delphi, the giant auto parts supplier stuck in Chapter 11 despite its $26 billion in annual sales: It's no fun to be in a business where a few big customers can demand price cuts with each passing year. Meanwhile, movie theaters--even while besieged by video-on-demand and other services--still manage to push higher prices on the disaggregated masses. The cost of a seat at a Regal Entertainment Group theater in lower Manhattan is now $12--up 20% in less than three years."
- Brett Nelson
The Power of Money
"There is no fortress so strong that money cannot take it."
- Cicero