Definition of authoritative
1 : having, marked by, or proceeding from authority <authoritative church doctrines> <an authoritative decision> <an authoritative manner>
2 : possessing recognized or evident authority : clearly accurate or knowledgeable <an authoritative critique> <an authoritative source of information>
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.
Origin and Etymology of authoritative
First Known Use: 1606
AUTHORITATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of authoritative for Students
: having or coming from authority <an authoritative order>
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