Having or continuing from because of expert eligible for obedience credit or acceptance determinate commanding
- of acknowledged expert or quality
- having authority or ascendancy or influence
- sanctioned by well-known expert
- Having, or proceeding from, due authority; entitled to obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding.
- Having an air of authority; good; dictatorial; peremptory; because, an authoritative tone.
c.1600, "dictatorial" (a sense today restricted to authoritarian), from Medieval Latin authoritativus (see authority). Meaning "possessing authority" is recorded from 1650s; that "proceeding from proper authority" is from 1809. Relevant: Authoritatively; authoritativeness.
(a.) Having, or continuing from, because of authority; eligible to obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding.
- (a.) Having an air of authority; positive; dictatorial; peremptory; as, an authoritative tone.
Newman, which could not be content with a compromise with truth, but feared to face ultimate realities, the rigidly authoritative attitude of Rome made an irresistible appeal.