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 (ə-thôr′ĭ-tā′tĭv, ə-thŏr′-, ô-)
1. Having or arising from authority; official: an authoritative decree; authoritative sources.
2. Of acknowledged accuracy or excellence; highly reliable: an authoritative account of the revolution.
3. Demonstrating authority; commanding: the captain's authoritative manner.

au·thor′i·ta′tive·ly adv.
au·thor′i·ta′tive·ness n.



chapter and verse An authority that gives credence and validity to one’s opinions or beliefs; a definitive source that can be specifically cited. The phrase derives from the Scriptures which are arranged in chapters and verses, thus facilitating easy reference to particular lines. In non-Biblical contexts, chapter and verse is frequently a challenge to produce incontrovertible, detailed evidence for one’s opinions. Figurative use dates from the early 17th century.

She can give chapter and verse for her belief. (William Makepeace Thackeray, The Adventures of Philip on His Way Through the World, 1862)

ex cathedra Authoritatively, dogmatically, officially; Latin for ‘from the chair.’ Cathedra itself refers to the chair or seat of a bishop in his church. Most specifically, it refers to that of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, who according to church doctrine is infallible when speaking ex cathedra since he is not speaking for himself but as the successor and agent of Saint Peter. More generally cathedra means any seat of office or professorial chair. Anyone speaking from such a seat of power or knowledge would naturally speak with great authority. The phrase dates from at least 1635.

from the horse’s mouth On good authority, from a reliable source, directly from someone in the know; often in the phrase straight from the horse’s mouth. The allusion is to the practice of looking at a horse’s teeth to determine its age and condition, rather than relying on the word of a horse trader.

The prospect of getting the true facts—straight, as it were, from the horse’s mouth—held him … fascinated. (P. G. Wodehouse in Strand Magazine, August, 1928)

in black and white In writing or in print—black referring to the ink, white to the paper; certain, verifiable. Written opinion or assertion is assumed to carry more weight than a verbal one. The phrase has been in use since the time of Shakespeare.

Moreover sir, which indeed is not under white and black, this plaintiff here … did call me ass. (Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing V, i)

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His person showed marks of habitual neglect, his dress was slovenly; and yet there was something in the presence of the old Squire distinguishable from that of the ordinary farmers in the parish, who were perhaps every whit as refined as he, but, having slouched their way through life with a consciousness of being in the vicinity of their "betters", wanted that self-possession and authoritativeness of voice and carriage which belonged to a man who thought of superiors as remote existences with whom he had personally little more to do than with America or the stars.
We failed in these cases because we didn't weigh the authoritativeness of results strongly enough for such rare and fringe queries.
Geared up to strengthen the authoritativeness and credibility of the locality's 650-strong police force, the new cars worth P61,064,400 were purchased for their increased mobility and visibility as they replaced the old cars that patrol around the city 24/7 to ensure their effective operations, particularly to combat drug problems and terrorism.
Based on previous studies' linkage of general deviance, academic dishonesty, and romantic infidelity through social learning and prosocial values, and the idea that authoritative parenting is a method of socialization that facilitates the transmission of prosocial values, we expected a relationship between increased parental authoritativeness and less permissive attitudes toward general deviance, academic dishonesty, and romantic infidelity.
Winter and Yaffe (2000) reported that authoritative parenting style had a strong correlation with the children's ability to adjust to University life and that father' authoritativeness results in more positive effects than the mothers' authoritativeness on the adjustment.
The latter scale can focus on authoritativeness, expertise, and "trustworthiness" [26].
Authoritativeness of a human right, in law, is sanctioned by legal processes such as codification and judicial proclamation.
Judicial departmentalism has not previously been presented as a conceptual framework for thinking about the authoritativeness of judicial determinations of constitutional law.
Selections are based on nine criteria: uniqueness, comprehensiveness, usefulness, quality, authoritativeness, organization, illustrations/diagrams, competition, and references.
As part of a data-driven reporting approach, sensors can broaden the range of stories journalists take on and increase the authoritativeness of their accounts.
It establishes the authoritativeness and relevance of a collection.
However, a harmonious application of permissiveness in combination with authoritativeness produces more desirable outcomes as excessive use of either style may lead to generate impulsive and uncontrolled behaviors among youth.