authoritative

adjective
au·​thor·​i·​ta·​tive | \ ə-ˈthȯr-ə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce authoritative (audio) , ȯ-, -ˈthär- \

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

Other Words from authoritative

authoritatively adverb
authoritativeness noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The shortcomings of Facebook's climate misinformation strategy Facebook launched its Climate Science Center last fall in an effort to provide users with authoritative, reliable information about climate change and climate science. Clare Duffy, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 After a tumultuous week that culminated with his team’s divorce from Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield helped direct an authoritative 41-16 victory over the hosting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 But setting expectations for children should be done in an authoritative manner, as opposed to an authoritarian way. Q.ai - Make Genius Money Moves, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 But when rankings were instead based on their trustworthiness, the amount of dubious content in newsfeeds fell by nearly 12%, and authoritative content from health agencies increased by 8%. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 An authoritative statement on the loss of the natural environment, Allen’s trees emit music, poetry and, with the third one, silence. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2021 This season, the all-knowing voice is provided by Keith David, whose low baritone sounds rich and authoritative. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 The results were striking: a nearly 12% decrease in content that made claims debunked by fact-checkers and an 8% increase in content from authoritative public health organizations such as the WHO or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 27 Oct. 2021 The results were striking: a nearly 12% decrease in content that made claims debunked by fact-checkers and an 8% increase in content from authoritative public health organizations such as the WHO or U.S. Centers for Disease Control. David Klepper, Amanda Seitz, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of authoritative

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for authoritative

see authority

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The first known use of authoritative was in 1606

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23 Nov 2021

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“Authoritative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authoritative. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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authoritative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of authoritative

: having or showing impressive knowledge about a subject
: having the confident quality of someone who is respected or obeyed by other people

authoritative

adjective
au·​thor·​i·​ta·​tive | \ ə-ˈthȯr-ə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce authoritative (audio) \

Kids Definition of authoritative

: having or coming from authority an authoritative order

Other Words from authoritative

authoritatively adverb

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