substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted by most authorities in a field: an authoritative edition of Shakespeare; an authoritative treatment of a subject.
- au·thor·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb
- au·thor·i·ta·tive·ness, noun
- non·au·thor·i·ta·tive, adjective
- non·au·thor·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb
- non·au·thor·i·ta·tive·ness, noun
- un·au·thor·i·ta·tive, adjective
- un·au·thor·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb
- un·au·thor·i·ta·tive·ness, noun
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How to use authoritative in a sentence
He has a calm, gentle, yet authoritative manner — like a good meditation teacher.
With control of an authoritative nameserver, malicious hackers could run man-in-the-middle attacks to silently intercept and redirect internet users going to legitimate sites to malicious webpages.A security researcher commandeered a country’s expired top-level domain to save it from hackers | Zack Whittaker | January 15, 2021 | TechCrunch
Link to reputable and authoritative websites to improve your site’s credibility in the eyes of Google and visitors.Four website usability elements that improve your search rankings | Hazel Raoult | December 21, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
In that regard, “The Nine Lives of Pakistan” feels like a throwback to a waning era of the authoritative journalistic account of an exotic elsewhere.Revisiting Pakistan’s tangle of contradictions and violence | Bilal Qureshi | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Because Google offers the most authoritative resource on the subject of what violates its guidelines.Six strategies guaranteed to help you build more backlinks to your website | Izabelle Hundrev | December 10, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Coren, a striking blond with an authoritative manner and a deep voice, stayed with the story all night and well into the next day.
Furthermore, they would not highlight such a piece no matter how carefully worded unless the sources were clearly authoritative.Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror | Leslie H. Gelb | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These days, authoritative feminist discourse is no longer just a spectator sport.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment | Amy Zimmerman | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dunham makes fun of herself only so that she can then hedge and embrace an authoritative role.
Director Peter Bogdanovich wrote in the New York Times Book Review that John Wayne is “authoritative and thoroughly engaging.”
Each one of them is called by His authoritative command, as well as by the effectual influences of his Spirit.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Organised and authoritative religion the world over makes for ignorance, for poverty and superstition.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
A standard and authoritative work enriched by copious illustrations.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
It is the fullest and most authoritative of all the treatises on the subject and has a few illustrations.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
He said something to the two men—a few sharp words in an authoritative tone—and they retired.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for authoritative
recognized or accepted as being true or reliable: an authoritative article on drugs
exercising or asserting authority; commanding: an authoritative manner
possessing or supported by authority; official: an authoritative communiqué
- authoritatively, adverb
- authoritativeness, noun
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