Au*thor"i*ta*tive (?), a.


Having, or proceeding from, due authority; entitled to obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding.

The sacred functions of authoritative teaching. Barrow.


Having an air of authority; positive; dictatorial; peremptory; as, an authoritative tone.

The mock authoritative manner of the one, and the insipid mirth of the other. Swift.

-- Au*thor"i*ta*tive*ly, adv -- Au*thor"i*ta*tive*ness, n.


© Webster 1913.

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