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Authoritative definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Having due authority.
2. Having an air of authority; positive; peremptory.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having authority or ascendancy or influence; "an important official"; "the captain's authoritative manner" [syn: authoritative, important]
2: of recognized authority or excellence; "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation" [syn: authoritative, classical, classic, definitive]
3: sanctioned by established authority; "an authoritative communique"; "the authorized biography" [syn: authoritative, authorized, authorised]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1605 1. a. having or proceeding from authority ; official <authoritative church doctrines> b. showing evident authority ; definitive <a most authoritative literary critique> 2. dictatorial 2 authoritatively adverb authoritativeness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 being recognized as true or dependable. 2 (of a person, behaviour, etc.) commanding or self-confident. 3 official; supported by authority (an authoritative document). Derivatives: authoritatively adv. authoritativeness n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Authoritative Au*thor"i*ta*tive, a. 1. Having, or proceeding from, due authority; entitled to obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding. The sacred functions of authoritative teaching. --Barrow. 2. Having an air of authority; positive; dictatorial; peremptory; as, an authoritative tone. The mock authoritative manner of the one, and the insipid mirth of the other. --Swift. -- Au*thor"i*ta*tive*ly, adv. -- Au*thor"i*ta*tive*ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Someone or something that is authoritative gives an impression of power and importance and is likely to be obeyed. He has a commanding presence and deep, authoritative voice... ADJ 2. Someone or something that is authoritative has a lot of knowledge of a particular subject. The first authoritative study of polio was published in 1840... ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Official, commanding, imperative, by authority, ex cathedra. 2. Dictatorial, imperious, magisterial, oracular, peremptory, dogmatic. See arrogant.

Moby Thesaurus

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