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Word: authoritative

Definition: having the weight of authority; regarded as providing knowledge that can be trusted; reliable; peremptory and dictatorial; Ex. authoritative dictionary/manner; CF. definitive


Sentences Containing 'authoritative'

The looks of all of them were dark, repressed, and revengeful, as they listened to the countryman's story; the manner of all of them, while it was secret, was authoritative too.
``Nay,''interposed Madame de Villefort, on whom the authoritative style adopted by the count made a deep impression,``nay, but consider that to preserve my life he has risked his own.''
asked the young girl, with an authoritative tone the count had never observed before, and which startled him.
It is a thing well known to both American and English whale-ships, and as well a thing placed upon authoritative record years ago by Scoresby, that some whales have been captured far north in the Pacific, in whose bodies have been found the barbs of harpoons darted in the Greenland seas.

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