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 for authoritative
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Authoritative \Au*thor"i*ta*tive\, a.
     1. Having, or proceeding from, due authority; entitled to
        obedience, credit, or acceptance; determinate; commanding.
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              The sacred functions of authoritative teaching.
                                                    --Barrow.
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     2. Having an air of authority; positive; dictatorial;
        peremptory; as, an authoritative tone.
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              The mock authoritative manner of the one, and the
              insipid mirth of the other.           --Swift.
        [1913 Webster] -- Au*thor"i*ta*tive*ly, adv. --
        Au*thor"i*ta*tive*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  authoritative
      adj 1: having authority or ascendancy or influence; "an
             important official"; "the captain's authoritative manner"
             [syn: authoritative, important]
      2: of recognized authority or excellence; "the definitive work
         on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation" [syn:
         authoritative, classical, classic, definitive]
      3: sanctioned by established authority; "an authoritative
         communique"; "the authorized biography" [syn:
         authoritative, authorized, authorised]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  265 Moby Thesaurus words for "authoritative":
     Christian, Daedalian, absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, accepted,
     accurate, acquainted with, adept, adroit, approved, apt, arbitrary,
     aristocratic, armipotent, arrogant, artistic, ascendant, assuring,
     at home in, at home with, attested, authentic, authenticated,
     authoritarian, authorized, autocratic, binding, bossy, bravura,
     brilliant, canonical, cathedral, certified, charismatic, charming,
     circumstantiated, clean, clever, clothed with authority, cogent,
     commanding, competent, conclusive, confined, confirmed,
     consequential, considerable, consistent, controlling, conventional,
     conversant with, convictional, convincing, coordinated, correct,
     crack, crackerjack, cunning, customary, cute, daedal, decisive,
     deft, dependable, despotic, determinative, dexterous, dextrous,
     dictated, dictatorial, didactic, diplomatic, doctrinaire,
     documented, dogmatic, dominant, domineering, duly constituted,
     dynamic, effective, effectual, efficacious, eminent, empowered,
     enchanting, energetic, estimable, evangelical, ex cathedra,
     ex officio, excellent, expert, factual, faithful, familiar with,
     fancy, feature, featured, feudal, firm, forceful, forcible,
     formulary, good, goodish, governing, graceful, great, grinding,
     handy, hard and fast, hegemonic, hegemonistic, high-handed,
     high-potency, high-powered, high-pressure, high-tension,
     imperative, imperial, imperious, important, impressive, in force,
     in power, indisputable, influential, informed in, ingenious,
     instructive, intimate with, irrefutable, irresistible, just,
     knowledgeable, lawful, leading, learned, legal, legitimate,
     limited, literal, logical, lordly, magisterial, magistral,
     magnetic, mandatory, master of, masterful, masterly, mighty,
     mighty in battle, momentous, monocratic, neat, no mean,
     of the faith, official, operative, oppressive, orthodox,
     orthodoxical, overbearing, overruling, peremptory, personable,
     persuasive, politic, potent, powerful, preceptive, preeminent,
     prepotent, prescribed, prescript, prescriptive, prestigious,
     professional, proficient, proficient in, prominent, proper, proven,
     puissant, quick, quite some, ranking, ready, received, regulation,
     reliable, repressive, reputable, resourceful, restricted, right,
     rubric, ruling, sanctioned, satisfactory, satisfying, scholarly,
     scriptural, self-consistent, senior, severe, skillful, slick,
     solid, some, sound, specialist, specialistic, specialized,
     standard, statesmanlike, statutory, strict, striking, strong,
     strong in, stylish, suasive, substantial, sufficient, superior,
     suppressive, supreme, sure, tactful, technical, telling, textual,
     the compleat, the complete, totalitarian, traditional,
     traditionalistic, true, true-blue, trustable, trustworthy,
     truthful, tyrannical, tyrannous, unrefutable, up on, valid,
     validated, verifiable, verified, veritable, versed in, vigorous,
     virtuoso, vital, weighty, well-done, well-founded, well-grounded,
     well-read in, winning, workmanlike
  
  

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