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2More fully "People's Commissionary": = "commissar". Compare "commissary". Now historical.
3In India or Pakistan: an administrative division of a state, typically consisting of two or more districts.
Of an agent or official: appointed by commission or warrant; empowered as a delegate. Also of power, authority, etc.: entrusted to an agent, delegated; derived from commission.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From post-classical Latin commissionarius commissary, commissioner from classical Latin commissiōn-, commissiō + -ārius<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Hooker (1554–1600), theologian and philosopher. From post-classical Latin commissionarius done to order, of a commissary from classical Latin commissiōn-, commissiō + -ārius.
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