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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Delegation \Del`e*ga"tion\, n. [L. delegatio: cf. F.
     1. The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act
        for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. One or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned
        to represent others, as in a convention, in Congress,
        etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation
        from Massachusetts; a deputation.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Rom. Law) A kind of novation by which a debtor, to be
        liberated from his creditor, gives him a third person, who
        becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the
        person appointed by him. --Pothier.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a group of representatives or delegates [syn: deputation,
           commission, delegation, delegacy, mission]
      2: authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions [syn:
         delegating, delegation, relegating, relegation,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  89 Moby Thesaurus words for "delegation":
     accession, agency, agentship, anointing, anointment, appointment,
     arrogation, assignment, assumption, authority, authorization,
     brevet, care, change, charge, commendation, commission,
     commissioning, commitment, committee, commutation, consecration,
     consignment, coronation, cure, delegated authority, deputation,
     deputyship, devolution, devolvement, displacement, election,
     embassy, empowerment, enfeoffment, entrusting, entrustment, errand,
     exchange, executorship, exequatur, factorship, full power,
     infeodation, infeudation, jurisdiction, legation,
     legitimate succession, license, lieutenancy, mandate, mission,
     office, plenipotentiary power, power of attorney, power to act,
     procuration, proxy, purview, quid pro quo, regency, regentship,
     relegation, remanding, replacement, representation, responsibility,
     seizure, subcommittee, subrogation, substitution, succession,
     supersedence, superseding, supersedure, supersession,
     supplantation, supplanting, supplantment, switch, taking over,
     task, tit for tat, trust, trusteeship, usurpation,
     vicarious authority, vicariousness, warrant

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DELEGATION, contracts. The transfer of authority from one or more persons to 
  one or more others. 
       2. In general, all persons sui juris may delegate to another authority 
  to act for them, but to this rule there are exceptions; 1st. On account of 
  the thing to be done; and 2d. Because the act is of a personal nature, and 
  incapable of being delegated. 1. The thing to be done must be lawful; for an 
  authority to do a thing unlawful, is absolutely void. 5 Co. 80. 2. 
  Sometimes, when the thing to be done is lawful, it must be performed by the 
  person obligated himself. Com. Dig. Attorney, C 3; Story, on Ag. Sec. 12. 
       3. When a bare power or authority has been given to another, the latter 
  cannot in general delegate that authority or any part of it to a third 
  person, for the obvious reason that the principal relied upon the 
  intelligence, skill and ability of his agent, and he cannot have the same 
  confidence in a stranger. Bac. Ab. Authority, D; Com. Dig. Authority, C 3; 
  12. Mass. 241; 4 Mass. 597; 1 Roll. Ab. Authority, C 1, 15; 4 Camp. 183; 2 
  M. & Selw. 298, 301; 6 Taunt. 146; 2 Inst. 507. 
       4. To this general rule that one appointed as agent, trustee, and the 
  like, cannot delegate his authority, there are exceptions: 1. When the agent 
  is expressly authorized to make a substitution. 1 Liverm. on Ag. 54. 2. When 
  the authority is implied, as in the following: cases: 1st. When by the laws 
  such power is indispensable in order to accomplish the end proposed, as, for 
  example, when goods are directed to be sold at auction, and the laws forbid 
  such sales except by licensed auctioneers. 6 S. & R. 386. 2d. When the 
  employment of such substitute is in the ordinary course of trade, as where 
  it is the custom of trade to employ a ship broker or other agent for the 
  purpose of procuring freight and the like. 2 M. & S. 301; 3 John. Ch. R. 
  167, 178; 6 S. & R. 386. 3d. When it is understood by the parties to be the 
  mode in which the particular thing would be done. 9 Ves. 234; 3 Chit. Com 
  Law, 206. 4th. When the powers thus delegated are merely mechanical in their 
  nature. 1 Hill, (N. Y.) R. 501 Bunb. 166; Sugd. on Pow. 176. 
       5. As to the form of the delegation, it may be for general purposes, by 
  a verbal or by a written declaration not under seal, or by acts and 
  implications. 3 Chit. Com. Law, 5, 194, 195; 7 T. R. 350. But when the act 
  to be done must be under seal, the delegation must also be under seal. Co. 
  Litt. 48 b; 5 Binn. 613; 14 S. & R. 331 See Authority. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DELEGATION, civil law. It is a kind of novation, (q.v.) by which the 
  original debtor, in order to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a 
  third person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the 
  person appointed by him. 
       2. It results from this definition that a delegation is made by the 
  concurrence of three parties, and that there may be a fourth. There must be 
  a concurrence, 1. Of the party delegating, that is, the ancient debtor, who 
  procures another debtor in his stead. 2. Of the party delegated, who enters 
  into the obligation in the place of the ancient debtor, either to the 
  creditor of to some other person appointed by him. 3. Of the creditor, who, 
  in consequence of the obligation contracted by the party delegated, 
  discharges the party delegating. Sometimes there intervenes a fourth party 
  namely, the person indicated by the creditor in whose favor the person 
  delegated becomes obliged, upon the indication of the creditor, and by the 
  order of the person delegating. Poth. Ob. part. 3, c. 2, art. 6. See Louis. 
  Code, 2188, 2189; 3 Wend. 66; 5 N. H. Rep. 410; 20 John. R. 76; 1 Wend. 164; 
  14 Wend. 116; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 179. 
       3. Delegation is either perfect or imperfect. It is perfect, When the 
  debtor who makes the delegation, is discharged by the creditor. It is 
  imperfect when the creditor retains his rights against the original debtor. 
  2 Duverg. n. 169. See Novation. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DELEGATION, legislation. It signifies the whole number of the persons who 
  represent a district, a state, and the like, in a deliberative assembly; as, 
  the delegation from Ohio, the delegation from the city of Philadelphia. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  DELEGATION, n.  In American politics, an article of merchandise that
  comes in sets.

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