Synonyms and Antonyms of authoritative
1 being the most accurate and apparently thorough <this book is considered the most authoritative source on that subject> Synonyms definitive, classic, classical, magisterialRelated Words conclusive, decisive; approved, official, sanctioned; accurate, correct; complete, comprehensive, exhaustive, thorough
2 having power over the minds or behavior of others <after a couple of authoritative critics panned the movie, the other reviewers rushed to say how awful it was> Synonyms influential, forceful, weightyRelated Words cogent, controlling, dominating, masterful; dominant, predominant, regnant, sovereign (also sovran), supreme; eminent, important, momentousNear Antonyms helpless, impotent, powerless, weak; incapable, unable
3 fond of ordering people around <she's very authoritative for someone who doesn't actually outrank us> Synonyms authoritarian, bossy, autocratic (also autocratical), despotic, dictatorial, domineering, imperious, masterful, overbearing, peremptory, tyrannical (also tyrannic), tyrannousRelated Words arrogant, assumptive, disdainful, fastuous, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, huffy, important, lofty, lordly, overweening, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, proud, self-asserting, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity; commanding, controlling, dictating, regimental; arbitrary, high-handed, imperial; directorial, magisterial; aggressive, assertive, self-assertive; imperative; conceited, narcissistic, pompous, vain; all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent; firm, sternNear Antonyms humble, meek, modest, unassuming; amenable, docile, obedient, tractable; indecisive, irresolute; acquiescent, compliant, passive, resigned, submissive, yielding
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