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AUTHORITATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does authoritative mean? 

AUTHORITATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective AUTHORITATIVE has 3 senses:

1. having authority or ascendancy or influence
2. of recognized authority or excellence
3. sanctioned by established authority

  Familiarity information: AUTHORITATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AUTHORITATIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Having authority or ascendancy or influence

Synonyms:

authoritative; important

Context examples:

an important official / the captain's authoritative manner

Similar:

influential (having or exercising influence or power)


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Meaning:

Of recognized authority or excellence

Synonyms:

authoritative; classical; definitive

Context examples:

the definitive work on Greece / classical methods of navigation

Similar:

standard (established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence)


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Meaning:

Sanctioned by established authority

Synonyms:

authorised; authorized; authoritative

Context examples:

an authoritative communique / the authorized biography

Similar:

official (having official authority or sanction)


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