Definition of authoritative
- authoritative church doctrines
- an authoritative decision
- an authoritative manner
- an authoritative critique
- an authoritative source of information
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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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;
: having or showing impressive knowledge about a subject
: having the confident quality of someone who is respected or obeyed by other people
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