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Synonyms for authoritative
əˈθɔr ɪˌteɪ tɪv, əˈθɒr-au·thor·i·ta·tive

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Wiktionary

  1. authoritativeadjective

    Highly accurate or definitive; treated or worthy of treatment as a scholarly authority

    This book is the world's most authoritative guide to insect breeding habits.

    Synonyms:
    proper, definitive, precise

  2. authoritativeadjective

    Synonyms:
    of record

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. authoritative

    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.

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    accountable, complaisant, compliant, conditional, constitutional, contingent, docile, ductile, gentle, humble, lenient, limited, lowly, meek, mild, responsible, submissive, yielding

Princeton's WordNet

  1. authoritative, importantadjective

    having authority or ascendancy or influence

    "an important official"; "the captain's authoritative manner"

    Synonyms:
    authorised, significant, classic, authorized, of import, important, crucial, definitive, classical

    Antonyms:
    unofficial, nonstandard, uninfluential

  2. authoritative, classical, classic, definitiveadjective

    of recognized authority or excellence

    "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"

    Synonyms:
    authorised, classic, authorized, important, unequivocal, determinate, definitive, classical

    Antonyms:
    uninfluential, unofficial, nonstandard

  3. authoritative, authorized, authorisedadjective

    sanctioned by established authority

    "an authoritative communique"; "the authorized biography"

    Synonyms:
    definitive, authorised, classic, important, authorized, classical

    Antonyms:
    uninfluential, nonstandard, unofficial

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. authoritativeadjective

    Synonyms:
    official, commanding, by authority, EX CATHEDRA

  2. authoritativeadjective

    Synonyms:
    dictatorial, imperative, imperious, magisterial, oracular, peremptory, dogmatic

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How to use authoritative in a sentence?

  1. Charles Clift:

    The WHO should be there to give authoritative guidance.

  2. Stuart Hollingsworth:

    He was a selfless leader. Travis was an authoritative leader. He led by example and knowledge, not through fear or title or rank.

  3. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Authoritativeness is one of the attributes of true leadership. In other words, whoever that professes to be a true leader should be authoritative in nature. I mean, he or she is expected to be commanding respect and he or she should be self-confident as well, wherever he or she goes. Besides that, for Clarification's sake, to be commanding respect means to be respectable or rather to be worthy of other people's respect. Whereas, to be self-confident means to believe in one's own ability, worth and potential. That is to say, every true leader is expected to be worthy of other people's respect. Moreover, he or she ought to believe in his or her own ability, potential and value. To my mind (in my opinion), anyway. ~Emeasoba George

  4. Kathleen Carley:

    Even if someone appears to be from your community, if you don't know The Carnegie Mellon researchers personally, take a closer look, and always go to authoritative or trusted sources for information, just be very vigilant.

  5. Joseph Michaelis:

    The interaction with the robot and comments that Minnie makes about the books demonstrate some understanding of what is happening in a story but is not presented in an authoritative way.


Translations for authoritative

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  • موثوقArabic
  • авторитарен, авторитетен, заповеднически, достоверенBulgarian
  • maßgebend, gebieterisch, maßgeblich, vorherrschend, tonangebend, offiziell, führend, autoritativGerman
  • aŭtoritataEsperanto
  • fidedigno, autoritativo, autorizado, autoritarioSpanish
  • auktoritatiivinen, käskeväFinnish
  • autoritario, autorevoleItalian
  • myndigNorwegian
  • достоверный, авторитетный, властный, повелительный, официальныйRussian
  • auktoritativ, myndigSwedish
  • مستندUrdu

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