au·​thor·​i·​ta·​tive ə-ˈthȯr-ə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce authoritative (audio)
: having, marked by, or proceeding from authority
authoritative church doctrines
an authoritative decision
an authoritative manner
: 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

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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Word History


authority + -ative

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of authoritative was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Authoritative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


au·​thor·​i·​ta·​tive ə-ˈthär-ə-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce authoritative (audio)
: having or coming from authority
authoritatively adverb
authoritativeness noun

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