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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Authoritativeadjective

    Etymology: from authority.

    I dare not give them the authoritative title of aphorisms, which yet may make a reasonable moral prognostick. Henry Wotton.

    The two worthies have done mischief, the mock authoritative manner of the one, and the insipid mirth of the other. Jonathan Swift, Examiner, №. 15.


  1. authoritative

    In the fields of sociology and political science, authority is the legitimate power of a person or group over other people. In a civil state, authority is practiced in ways such a judicial branch or an executive branch of government.In the exercise of governance, the terms authority and power are inaccurate synonyms. The term authority identifies the political legitimacy, which grants and justifies the ruler's right to exercise the power of government; and the term power identifies the ability to accomplish an authorized goal, either by compliance or by obedience; hence, authority is the power to make decisions and the legitimacy to make such legal decisions and order their execution.


  1. authoritative

    Authoritative refers to something or someone possessing or displaying authority, often recognized or acknowledged as a reliable source due to expertise, experience or holding a position of power. It can also refer to a commanding and self-confident manner that is likely to inspire trust or obedience.

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. Charles Clift:

    The WHO should be there to give authoritative guidance.

  2. 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.

  3. 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, it starts to make you think, gosh, why are Hillary's strongest supporters backing Donald Trump?

  4. Loren Weisman:

    Online motivation and inspiration with little information or authentic and authoritative direction seems to be on the same level as the addiction to online porn.

  5. 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.

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  • 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
  • 权威性Chinese

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