Legal Definition and Related Resources of Official

Meaning of Official

A person who holds an office . proceeding from, sanctioned by or done by an officer , pertaining to an office.

Official Alternative Definition

An officer (g. v.) In Old Civil Law. The person who was the minister of, or attendant upon, a magistrate. In Canon Law. The person to whom the bishop generally commits the charge of his spiritual jurisdiction bears this name. Wood, Inst. 30, 505; Merlin, Repert.

Synonyms of Official


  • administrative head
  • administrator
  • bureaucrat
  • executive
  • executive officer
  • functionary
  • head of government
  • leader
  • leader of affairs
  • office bearer
  • officeholder
  • officer
  • overseer
  • person in authority
  • person responsible
  • praefectus
  • public office holder
  • superintendent
  • supervisor Associated Concepts: public official


  • accredited
  • approved
  • assured
  • attested
  • authenticated
  • authoritative
  • ceremonious
  • certain
  • certified
  • conclusive
  • correct
  • decided
  • definite
  • dependable
  • endorsed
  • established
  • formal
  • guaranteed
  • indisputable
  • insured
  • legitimate
  • licensed
  • magisterial
  • officiary
  • proper
  • proven
  • publicas
  • reliable
  • sanctioned
  • to be depended on
  • to be trusted
  • trustworthy
  • undeniable
  • unequivocal
  • unimpeachable
  • valid
  • verified
  • worthy of confidence
  • Associated Concepts: official act
  • official bond
  • official business
  • official misconduct
  • official notice
  • official proceeding
  • official record

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Official in other One-L Dictionary

Denotes publication (online or in print) of a reporter, statutes, codes, session law or other legal publication that is authorized by the government or is designated as official by the government.

Official from the Washington and Lee University School of Law Dictionary.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Official

(You may find official at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

early 14c., from Old French oficial “law officer; bishop’s representative” (12c.) and directly from Late Latin officialis “attendant to a magistrate, public official,” noun use of officialis (adj.) “of or belonging to duty, service, or office” (see official (adj.)). Meaning “person in charge of some public work or duty” first recorded 1550s.

Meaning of Official in the Past

In the ancient civil law, the person who was the minister of or attendant upon a magistrate, was called the official.


In the canon law, the person to whom the bishop generally commits the charge of his spiritual jurisdiction, bears this name. Wood’s Inst. 30, 505; Merl. Repert. h. t.[1]


Notes and References

  1. Partialy, this information about official is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including official.

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