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Definitions for authoritative
əˈθɔr ɪˌteɪ tɪv, əˈθɒr-au·thor·i·ta·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. authoritative, importantadjective

    having authority or ascendancy or influence

    "an important official"; "the captain's authoritative manner"

  2. authoritative, classical, classic, definitiveadjective

    of recognized authority or excellence

    "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"

  3. authoritative, authorized, authorisedadjective

    sanctioned by established authority

    "an authoritative communique"; "the authorized biography"


  1. authoritativeadjective

    Arising or originating from a figure of authority

    The authoritative rules in this school come not from the headmaster but from the aged matron.

  2. authoritativeadjective

    Highly accurate or definitive; treated or worthy of treatment as a scholarly authority

    This book is the world's most authoritative guide to insect breeding habits.

  3. authoritativeadjective

    Having a commanding style.

    He instructed us in that booming, authoritative voice of his.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Authoritativeadjective

    having, or proceeding from, due authority; entitled to obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding

  2. Authoritativeadjective

    having an air of authority; positive; dictatorial; peremptory; as, an authoritative tone

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of authoritative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of authoritative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of authoritative in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Michaelis:

    The interaction with the robot and comments that Minnie makes about the books demonstrate some understanding of what is happening in a story but is not presented in an authoritative way.

  2. Hema Budaraju:

    Providing locally relevant, timeless and authoritative information is paramount. This is our responsibility, and we are proud of doing the best that Google can, we will continue our efforts to make sure the world bounces back.

  3. Treva Lindsey:

    In that sense, it becomes a space where men still dictate and still have a certain kind of authoritative role in what makes it and what doesn't, and who is and who isn't part of this larger culture.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    I will say, it is more than a little strange to see Donald relying on as authoritative a liberal, left wing, judicial activist Harvard Law professor who is a huge Hillary supporter.

  5. Stuart Hollingsworth:

    He was a selfless leader. Travis was an authoritative leader. He led by example and knowledge, not through fear or title or rank.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • موثوقArabic
  • авторитарен, авторитетен, заповеднически, достоверенBulgarian
  • maßgebend, gebieterisch, maßgeblich, vorherrschend, tonangebend, offiziell, führend, autoritativGerman
  • aŭtoritataEsperanto
  • fidedigno, autoritativo, autorizado, autoritarioSpanish
  • auktoritatiivinen, käskeväFinnish
  • autoritario, autorevoleItalian
  • myndigNorwegian
  • достоверный, авторитетный, властный, повелительный, официальныйRussian
  • auktoritativ, myndigSwedish
  • مستندUrdu

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