Example 1: A General would have the authorization to abort a military mission, a regular soldier can't.

Example 2: In a high security workplace where people use keycards for accessing rooms, John Doe can't access room 504 with his keycard, but the CEO can.

  • I am unaware of a single word which means both greater authority and greater access.
    – Davo
    Oct 30, 2017 at 15:40
  • Yeah, I guess the examples don't add up. But, if there's a word that covers one of them, maybe I can use it.
    – eldamar
    Oct 30, 2017 at 15:42
  • Not a great match, but superior might generally cover these situations.
    – Davo
    Oct 30, 2017 at 15:43
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    Thanks! Yeah, I was playing with that word and something with privileged, but I can't get it right in my context.
    – eldamar
    Oct 30, 2017 at 15:46
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    You call him "Sir".
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 31, 2017 at 2:47

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For your provided examples, you can use officer:

1 b : one charged with police duties

2 : one who holds an office of trust, authority, or command
the officers of the bank
chief executive officer

3 a : one who holds a position of authority or command in the armed forces; specifically :commissioned officer



The people with uppermost oversight are the Top Brass.

Top Brass : the people with the highest positions of authority, especially in the armed forces


Top Brass : the people in the highest positions in an organization (such as the military or a business)



That is a Signatory, classically defined as any signer of a document but the contemporary and business definition is an authoritative signature who represents and decides for groups and entities.

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