Definition of authoritatively in English:



  • 1In a way that is trusted as being accurate or true; with authority.

    ‘he could speak authoritatively on art, philosophy, literature, history, current affairs’
    • ‘Reenactment apparently fulfills the failed promise of academic history—that is, knowledge entertainingly and authoritatively presented.’
    • ‘The matter seems technical enough that I hesitate from speaking authoritatively about it.’
    • ‘Until the facts are authoritatively established and recorded, it would be premature to frame the further legislation that will be required.’
    • ‘The evidence amounted to an ambitious but authoritatively informed review of the potential of and need for company law reform.’
    • ‘Others can speak more authoritatively than I about the Royal Ballet.’
    • ‘The most influential American theologian of the century, he spoke authoritatively about politics and culture.’
    • ‘He has written a book about the game and can speak authoritatively on its mechanics, history, and cultural significance.’
    • ‘The essays here effectively convey the energy of a much-admired teacher and lecturer authoritatively addressing his principal art-historical concerns.’
    • ‘These claims provoked a storm of angry denial from Brontë scholars, and most authoritatively from Barker.’
    • ‘This book is topical, well devised and produced, and covers the subject matter authoritatively and honestly.’
  • 2In a commanding and self-confident manner that induces respect and obedience.

    ‘she shouted authoritatively, 'Hey you! Drop your weapon, now!'’
    • ‘The loose woman within every angel is disguised beneath a mere veneer of respectability, good manners, and authoritatively imposed self-control.’
    • ‘She authoritatively barks directions at Max, who rejoins by making an argument for an alternate route.’
    • ‘"What's happened to the city?" he rumbled authoritatively, glaring at the man.’
    • ‘"It's a straight-up distribution play," I said, reflexively and authoritatively.’
    • ‘Hence his emphasis on the necessity of express, self-conscious, authoritatively elaborated, and sanctioned mechanisms of regulation.’
    • ‘With so many of our own hypocrisies, can we really be surprised when youth no longer accept the dictates we authoritatively tell them they should follow?’
    • ‘He crosses his arms over his chest and looks around authoritatively.’
    • ‘He was keen to assert that society authoritatively imparts to individuals not just perspectives on reality, but ways to conceive of it.’
    • ‘"There's no way you're wearing that," he stated authoritatively.’
    • ‘She raises her finger authoritatively and says, "I remember reading that in dating, men are like dogs."’
    1. 2.1 In an official capacity or with official sanction, and therefore requiring compliance or obedience.
      ‘the correct interpretation of the Convention can be authoritatively expounded only by the Strasbourg court’
      • ‘Section 11 of the 1988 Act had been authoritatively interpreted by the House in 2004.’
      • ‘The case for commodity money in general, and for silver and gold in particular, was established, authoritatively, long ago.’
      • ‘These cases have little bearing on the general question of the civil standard of proof as authoritatively laid down in 2001.’
      • ‘The law in this respect is now authoritatively settled in this country by the decision of the House of Lords.’
      • ‘Covering decisions of the superior courts, the reports are cited authoritatively in the lower courts.’
      • ‘A material question of law arises which does not seem to have been decided authoritatively in the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘Caesar's time, authoritatively printed in the calendar, has triumphed over the archaic oral proclamation of the kalends by the priesthood.’
      • ‘This debate was regarded as authoritatively settled in Greenough v. Gaskell (1833).’
      • ‘The statute lays down authoritatively the nature of this country's obligations under Article 31.’
      • ‘The US ambassador yelled authoritatively, slamming the gavel repeatedly, trying to silence the ambassadors who were shouting at each other.’