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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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  • "There must be order here," he said, commandingly and the tumult subsided.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • "Naught is your science of man, naught is your science of the stars," said the archdeacon, commandingly.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Esther was the repetition of her father, and when the case demanded could be firm and commandingly dignified.

    Rosa's Quest Anna Potter Wright
  • Perhaps the Colonel spoke too impetuously; too commandingly.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • Nathanael whispered, so imploringly—nay, commandingly, that Anne was startled.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • I had never seen her so magnificently, so commandingly beautiful.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • The drawing-room window overlooked the garden thoroughly and commandingly.

    All on the Irish Shore E. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • Trebell stands in the window-way; a light in his eyes, and speaks low but commandingly.

    Waste Granville Barker
  • commandingly he repeated them to cabby peeping down through his pygmy man-trap in the roof, and away went the two-wheeler.

  • She stepped back a little, so that the man might not strike the weapon from her hand, and spoke shortly, commandingly to him.

    'Drag' Harlan Charles Alden Seltzer
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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