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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Au·thor·i·ta·tive a.
 1. Having, or proceeding from, due authority; entitled to obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding.
    The sacred functions of authoritative teaching.   --Barrow.
 2. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv : in an authoritative manner; "she spoke authoritatively"
            [syn: with authority, magisterially]