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[kuh-man-ding, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn dɪŋ, -ˈmɑn-/
being in command:
a commanding officer.
appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable:
a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period.
having the air, tone, etc., of command; imposing; authoritative:
a man of commanding appearance; a commanding voice.
dominating by position, usually elevation; overlooking:
a commanding bluff at the mouth of the river.
(of a view, or prospect) provided by a commanding location and so permitting dominance:
a commanding view of the mouth of the river.
Origin of commanding
First recorded in 1475-85; command + -ing2
Related forms
commandingly, adverb
commandingness, noun
quasi-commanding, adjective
quasi-commandingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for commandingly
Historical Examples
  • It is well for us that the Lincoln centennial comes to say this to us persuasively and commandingly.

  • "I have no time to waste in talk, my man," he said commandingly.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • "Naught is your science of man, naught is your science of the stars," said the archdeacon, commandingly.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • I addressed him jocularly, then commandingly, then beseechingly.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • "Doctor, listen now and look," I said firmly and commandingly.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • Perhaps the Colonel spoke too impetuously; too commandingly.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • The stakes loomed too commandingly to tolerate a sentimental hesitation.

    The Gray Mask

    Wadsworth Camp
  • He spoke so commandingly that Grace looked, wonder and doubt in her eyes.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • I had never seen her so magnificently, so commandingly beautiful.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • Crichton spoke slowly and distinctly and looked Peter commandingly in the eye.


    Elizabeth Kent
British Dictionary definitions for commandingly


adjective (usually prenominal)
being in command
having the air of authority: a commanding voice
(of a position, situation, etc) exerting control
(of a height, viewpoint, etc) overlooking; advantageous
Derived Forms
commandingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for commandingly



late 15c. (in astronomy), present participle adjective from command (v.). Meaning "nobly dignified" is from 1590s. Meaning "dominant by virtue of size or position" is from 1630s. Related: Commandingly (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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