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.
Recent Examples on the Web Though the charismatic superstar will presumably operate without many of the visual effects and mobile props that help make her arena shows spectacles, her hurricane-strength pipes and authoritative deliveries don’t require anything more than a microphone. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2024 My goal in this story was, first off, to present the reader with a suitably intriguing question, but my intention was never to hand down an authoritative answer to it. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 This particular answer appeared to come from an old Reddit thread that, for some reason, Google’s AI thought was an authoritative source even though a human would quickly realize that the Redditors are joking about eating glue. Adam Clark Estes, Vox, 29 June 2024 In its 2017–2018 survey, the CDC’s authoritative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the US adult obesity rate was 42.4 percent. Bryan Walsh, Vox, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for authoritative 

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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 14 Jul. 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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