Definition of power of appointment in English:

power of appointment


  • 1Power to select the holder of a particular job or position.

    • ‘It is true that deans and professors are mentioned as the first objects of the power of appointment conferred by that section; but we attach no importance to that circumstance.’
    • ‘Now he is trying to use the courts to legislate a mandate the voters never gave him by abusing the power of appointment and ignoring the Constitution's ‘advise and consent’ clause.’
    • ‘In the paragraph that this passage appears in, he is arguing against the notion that the President should have the sole power of appointment without the consent of the Senate.’
    • ‘The power of appointment can also be used, as it was by one President, to impose policies on a bureaucracy that might be unsympathetic to them.’
    • ‘A first, critical, step in giving them strength and restoring the role of Parliament is removing the power of appointment from the whips and handing it over to MPs themselves.’
    • ‘The President has the power of appointment under the Constitution, and the President has reached his position of power through a democratic process that today very much includes debate about the direction the Supreme Court should take.’
    • ‘It would then be very clear that there is no power of replacement invested in the chairperson but simply that the chairperson has a power of appointment, which is what I believe the provision was intended to do.’
    • ‘The power of appointment and dismissal stands entirely independently of the conditions of employment which are comprised in the contract.’
    • ‘The new motion said that power of appointment should lie with the Scottish parliament.’
    • ‘There is a balancing of local and national interests that must be served here, and the very least we might expect is for the Minister to give some power of appointment of at least a minority of the positions to local government in the region.’
  • 2Law
    Power to decide the disposal of property, in exercise of a right conferred by the owner.

    • ‘There was an ‘exercise of a power of appointment under a settlement’ and they did two things: one, they gave some assets to a person absolutely and there was no issue that that created a capital gains tax problem.’
    • ‘A general power of appointment permits the trustees to appoint in favour of anyone they choose (including the settlor).’
    • ‘In the disposal of the property for the benefit of each child the respondent wife has been given a voice both as trustee and under a power of appointment, even though it is the husband who provides all the money…’
    power of appointment, right of appointment, favouritism, nepotism, partisanship, partiality, preferential treatment
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