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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reenactment apparently fulfills the failed promise of academic history—that is, knowledge entertainingly and authoritatively presented.’
    • ‘The essays here effectively convey the energy of a much-admired teacher and lecturer authoritatively addressing his principal art-historical concerns.’
    • ‘This book is topical, well devised and produced, and covers the subject matter authoritatively and honestly.’
    • ‘He has written a book about the game and can speak authoritatively on its mechanics, history, and cultural significance.’
    • ‘These claims provoked a storm of angry denial from Brontë scholars, and most authoritatively from Barker.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2In a commanding and self-confident manner that induces respect and obedience.

    ‘she shouted authoritatively, 'Hey you! Drop your weapon, now!'’
    • ‘He crosses his arms over his chest and looks around authoritatively.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She raises her finger authoritatively and says, "I remember reading that in dating, men are like dogs."’
    • ‘"It's a straight-up distribution play," I said, reflexively and authoritatively.’
    • ‘"There's no way you're wearing that," he stated authoritatively.’
    • ‘He was keen to assert that society authoritatively imparts to individuals not just perspectives on reality, but ways to conceive of it.’
    • ‘"What's happened to the city?" he rumbled authoritatively, glaring at the man.’
    • ‘Hence his emphasis on the necessity of express, self-conscious, authoritatively elaborated, and sanctioned mechanisms of regulation.’
    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’
      • ‘This debate was regarded as authoritatively settled in Greenough v. Gaskell (1833).’
      • ‘Covering decisions of the superior courts, the reports are cited authoritatively in the lower courts.’
      • ‘Section 11 of the 1988 Act had been authoritatively interpreted by the House in 2004.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The case for commodity money in general, and for silver and gold in particular, was established, authoritatively, long ago.’
      • ‘A material question of law arises which does not seem to have been decided authoritatively in the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘The US ambassador yelled authoritatively, slamming the gavel repeatedly, trying to silence the ambassadors who were shouting at each other.’
      • ‘The statute lays down authoritatively the nature of this country's obligations under Article 31.’
      • ‘Caesar's time, authoritatively printed in the calendar, has triumphed over the archaic oral proclamation of the kalends by the priesthood.’