Synonyms for authoritative
əˈθɔr ɪˌteɪ tɪv, əˈθɒr-
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having authority or ascendancy or influence
"an important official"; "the captain's authoritative manner"
authoritative, classical, classic, definitive(adj)
of recognized authority or excellence
"the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"
authoritative, authorized, authorised(adj)
sanctioned by established authority
"an authoritative communique"; "the authorized biography"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
In the strict sense, absolute, free from all limitation or control, and supreme, superior to all, can not properly be said of any being except the divine. Both words are used, however, in a modified sense, of human authorities; absolute then signifying free from limitation by other authority, and supreme exalted over all other; as, an absolute monarch, the supreme court. Absolute, in this use, does not necessarily carry any unfavorable sense, but as absolute power in human hands is always abused, the unfavorable meaning predominates. Autocratic power knows no limits outside the ruler's self; arbitrary power, none outside the ruler's will or judgment, arbitrary carrying the implication of wilfulness and capriciousness. Despotic is commonly applied to a masterful or severe use of power, which is expressed more decidedly by tyrannical. Arbitrary may be used in a good sense; as, the pronunciation of proper names is arbitrary; but the bad sense is the prevailing one; as, an arbitrary proceeding. Irresponsible power is not necessarily bad, but eminently dangerous; an executor or trustee should not be irresponsible; an irresponsible ruler is likely to be tyrannical. A perfect ruler might be irresponsible and not tyrannical. Authoritative is used always in a good sense, implying the right to claim authority; imperative, peremptory, and positive are used ordinarily in the good sense; as, an authoritative definition; an imperative demand; a peremptory command; positive instructions; imperious signifies assuming and determined to command, rigorously requiring obedience. An imperious demand or requirement may have in it nothing offensive; it is simply one that resolutely insists upon compliance, and will not brook refusal; an arrogant demand is offensive by its tone of superiority, an arbitrary demand by its unreasonableness; an imperious disposition is liable to become arbitrary and arrogant. A person of an independent spirit is inclined to resent an imperious manner in any one, especially in one whose superiority is not clearly recognized. Commanding is always used in a good sense; as, a commanding appearance; a commanding eminence. Compare DOGMATIC; INFINITE; PERFECT.
absolute, arbitrary, arrogant, autocratic, coercive, commanding, compulsive, compulsory, controlling, despotic, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, exacting, haughty, imperative, imperious, irresponsible, lordly, overbearing, peremptory, positive, supreme, tyrannical, unconditional, unequivocal
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I will say it is more than a little strange to see Donald relying on as authoritative a liberal, left wing, judicial activist Harvard Law professor who is a huge Hillary supporter, it starts to make you think, gosh, why are Hillary's strongest supporters backing Donald Trump?
It's so thinly stretched, there's arguably no organization on earth that could cover all those (topics) at sufficient depth to be authoritative.
The WHO should be there to give authoritative guidance.
Families with an authoritative style have healthy-weight children, and their kids make better choices on their own, and they are more accepting of new foods, when you take away the pressure, the kids become a bit more adventurous and have a better relationship with food. They're not going to go the birthday party and have four cupcakes.
In that sense, it becomes a space where men still dictate and still have a certain kind of authoritative role in what makes it and what doesn't, and who is and who isn't part of this larger culture.
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- авторитетен, достоверен, авторитарен, заповедническиBulgarian
- maßgebend, autoritativ, führend, tonangebend, vorherrschend, gebieterisch, maßgeblich, offiziellGerman
- fidedigno, autoritario, autoritativo, autorizadoSpanish
- auktoritatiivinen, käskeväFinnish
- autoritario, autorevoleItalian
- повелительный, авторитетный, достоверный, властный, официальныйRussian
- myndig, auktoritativSwedish
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