authoritative

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adjective au·thor·i·ta·tive \ə-ˈthär-ə-ˌtā-tiv, ȯ-, -ˈthȯr-\

Definition of authoritative

  1. 1 :  having, marked by, or proceeding from authority authoritative church doctrines an authoritative decision an authoritative manner

  2. 2 :  possessing recognized or evident authority :  clearly accurate or knowledgeable an authoritative critique an authoritative source of information

authoritatively

adverb

authoritativeness

noun

Examples of authoritative in a Sentence

  1. The book is an authoritative guide to the city's restaurants.

  2. His manner is polite but authoritative.

  3. She addressed the group with an authoritative voice.

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Origin and Etymology of authoritative

see authority


First Known Use: 1606


AUTHORITATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

authoritative

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Definition of authoritative for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing impressive knowledge about a subject

  • : having the confident quality of someone who is respected or obeyed by other people


AUTHORITATIVE Defined for Kids

authoritative

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adjective au·thor·i·ta·tive \ə-ˈthȯr-ə-ˌtā-tiv\

Definition of authoritative for Students

  1. :  having or coming from authority an authoritative order

authoritatively

adverb


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