Simple Definition of authoritative
: having or showing impressive knowledge about a subject
: having the confident quality of someone who is respected or obeyed by other people
Examples of authoritative
The book is an authoritative guide to the city's restaurants.
His manner is polite but authoritative.
She addressed the group with an authoritative voice.
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Definition of authoritative
: having or coming from authority <an authoritative order>
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