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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Main Entry

   au·thor·i·ta·tive Listen to the pronunciation of authoritative

Pronunciation

   \ə-ˈthär-ə-ˌtā-tiv, ȯ-, -ˈthȯr-\ 

Function

   adjective 

Date

   1605

Definition

1 a: having or proceeding from authority : official <authoritative church doctrines> b: showing evident authority : definitive <a most authoritative literary critique>2: dictatorial 2 — au·thor·i·ta·tive·ly adverb — au·thor·i·ta·tive·ness noun