AskDefine | Define authoritative

Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary



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  • (UK) /ɔːˈθɒɹɪtətɪv/


  1. 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. highly accurate; definitive
    Wiktionary is, of course, the authoritative dictionary of the modern age
  3. in a commanding manner
    he instructed us in that booming, authoritative voice of his



  1. to act in an authoritative manner
    he swaggered about the deck authoritatively


  1. the state of being authoritative
    his authoritativeness infused us all with fear
  2. the degree to which a thing is authoritative
    the book's authoritativeness is dubious

Extensive Definition

Being authoritative can mean several things.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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