Legal Definition of commission
- A formal group of experts brought together on a regular or ad hoc basis to debate matters within that sphere of expertise, and with regulatory or quasi-judicial powers such as the ability to license activity in the sphere of activity or to subpoena witnesses. Commissions usually also have advisory powers to government. The organizational form of a commission is often resorted to by governments to exhaustively investigate a matter of national concern, and is often known as a "commission of inquiry." This legal structure can be contrasted with a council, the latter not enjoying quasi-judicial or regulatory powers.
Definition of commission
From Latin commissio ("sending together; commission"), from prefix com- ("with"), + noun of action missio ("sending"), from perfect passive participle missus ("sent"), from the verb mittō, + noun of action suffix -io.
commission (plural commissions)
- A sending or mission (to do or accomplish something).
It was James Bond's commission to defeat the bad guys.
- An official charge or authority to do something, often used of military officers.
David received his commission after graduating from West Point.
- A body or group of people, officially tasked with carrying out a particular function. Eg: The European Commission, The Electoral Commission, The Federal Communications Commission.
The company's sexual harassment commission made sure that every employee completed the on-line course.
- A fee charged by an agent or broker for carrying out a transaction. Eg: Reseller commission, Finder's fee.
The real-estate broker charged a four percent commission for their knowledge on bidding for commercial properties; for their intellectual perspective on making a formal offer and the strategy to obtain a mutually satisfying deal with the seller in favour of the buyer.
- the act of committing (e.g. a crime)
the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism
- body of officials: committee, government body
- fee charged: brokerage
- European Commission
- out of commission
to commission (third-person singular simple present commissions, present participle commissioning, simple past and past participle commissioned)
- (transitive) To send or officially charge someone or some group to do something.
James Bond was commissioned with recovering the secret documents.
- (transitive) To place an order for (often piece of art); as, commission a portrait.
He commissioned a replica of the Mona Lisa for his living room, but the painter gave up after six months.
- (transitive) To put into active service; as, commission a ship.
The aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1944, during WWII.
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