a : having or proceeding from authority : official <authoritative church doctrines>
b : clearly accurate or knowledgeable <an authoritative critique>
— au·thor·i·ta·tive·ly adverb
— au·thor·i·ta·tive·ness noun
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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