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 adverbauthoritativeness noun

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  • authoritative — (adj.) c.1600, dictatorial (a sense now restricted to AUTHORITARIAN (Cf. authoritarian)), from AUTHORITY (Cf. authority) (q.v.). Meaning possessing authority is recorded from 1650s; that of proceeding from proper authority is from 1809. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • authoritative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) reliable because true or accurate. 2) commanding and self confident. 3) supported by authority; official. DERIVATIVES authoritatively adverb authoritativeness noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • authoritative — authoritarian, authoritative These two words should be carefully distinguished as their implications are quite different. Authoritarian is generally used of people or their actions and has the unfavourable meaning ‘favouring or encouraging strict …   Modern English usage

  • authoritative — authoritatively, adv. authoritativeness, n. /euh thawr i tay tiv, euh thor /, adj. 1. having due authority; having the sanction or weight of authority: an authoritative opinion. 2. substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted… …   Universalium

  • authoritative — au|thor|i|ta|tive [o:ˈθɔrıtətıv, ə US əˈθa:rəteıtıv, əˈθo: ] adj 1.) an authoritative book, account etc is respected because the person who wrote it knows a lot about the subject ▪ the most authoritative work on English surnames 2.) behaving or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • authoritative — adjective 1) authoritative information Syn: reliable, dependable, trustworthy, sound, authentic, valid, attested, verifiable; accurate Ant: unreliable 2) the authoritative edition S …   Thesaurus of popular words

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