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[uh-thawr-i-tey-tiv, uh-thor-] /əˈθɔr ɪˌteɪ tɪv, əˈθɒr-/
having due authority; having the sanction or weight of authority:
an authoritative opinion.
substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted by most authorities in a field:
an authoritative edition of Shakespeare; an authoritative treatment of a subject.
having an air of authority; accustomed to exercising authority; positive; peremptory; dictatorial:
said with an authoritative air.
Origin of authoritative
1595-1605; authorit(y) + -ative
Related forms
authoritatively, adverb
authoritativeness, noun
nonauthoritative, adjective
nonauthoritatively, adverb
nonauthoritativeness, noun
unauthoritative, adjective
unauthoritatively, adverb
unauthoritativeness, noun
1. official. 3. dogmatic, authoritarian. Unabridged
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  • The auctioneer cut an imposing figure, nearly six feet tall in heels, her English-accented contralto crisply authoritative.
  • Today's figures are considered more authoritative and comprehensive.
  • Again, I don't claim my answer to be authoritative.
  • The volume reveals a poet by turns charming and authoritative, masterful and humble, deftly evasive and ringingly quotable.
  • Encyclicals are the most authoritative documents a pope can issue.
  • It ended as a statement, bold, authoritative and lasting.
  • It was the Cronkite that viewers revered: friendly, unpretentious, authoritative and well-prepared.
  • They will give you an authoritative answer from their perspectives.
  • It is hard to be authoritative when the authors cannot agree.
  • Although journalism is often authoritative, it is often compiled on the run.
British Dictionary definitions for authoritative


recognized or accepted as being true or reliable: an authoritative article on drugs
exercising or asserting authority; commanding: an authoritative manner
possessing or supported by authority; official: an authoritative communiqué
Derived Forms
authoritatively, adverb
authoritativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for authoritative

c.1600, "dictatorial" (a sense now restricted to authoritarian), from Medieval Latin authoritativus (see authority). Meaning "possessing authority" is recorded from 1650s; that of "proceeding from proper authority" is from 1809. Related: Authoritatively; authoritativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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