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 for deputation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deputation \Dep`u*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]putation. See
     Depute.]
     1. The act of deputing, or of appointing or commissioning a
        deputy or representative; office of a deputy or delegate;
        vicegerency.
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              The authority of conscience stands founded upon its
              vicegerency and deputation under God. --South.
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     2. The person or persons deputed or commissioned by another
        person, party, or public body to act in his or its behalf;
        delegation; as, the general sent a deputation to the enemy
        to propose a truce.
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     By deputation, or In deputation, by delegated authority;
        as substitute; through the medium of a deputy. [Obs.]
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              Say to great C[ae]sar this: In deputation
              I kiss his conquering hand.           --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  deputation
      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,
         deputation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  83 Moby Thesaurus words for "deputation":
     accession, agency, agentship, anointing, anointment, appointment,
     arrogation, assignment, assumption, authority, authorization,
     brevet, care, change, charge, commission, commissioning,
     commitment, committee, commutation, consecration, consignment,
     coronation, cure, delegated authority, delegation, deputyship,
     devolution, devolvement, displacement, election, embassy,
     empowerment, entrusting, entrustment, errand, exchange,
     executorship, exequatur, factorship, full power, 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, 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
  
  

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