Authoritatively



having due ; having the sanction or weight of :
an authoritative opinion.
substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted by most in a field:
an authoritative edition of Shakespeare; an authoritative treatment of a subject.
having an air of ; accustomed to exercising ; positive; peremptory; dictatorial:
said with an authoritative air.
Contemporary Examples

Some authoritatively explained that his death is being used as a distraction from the current political transition.
Hosni Mubarak Rumors Swirl Before Election Results Announced Vivian Salama June 19, 2012

“He wanted to write about it authoritatively,” Wilentz said.
A Brief History of the Presidential Memoir Joshua Robinson November 7, 2010

Historical Examples

They were authoritatively informed that there was nothing in all the talk about torpedo boats.
Last Words Stephen Crane

“Stay—I cannot permit this,” interposed the Chief Justice, authoritatively.
Roland Cashel Charles James Lever

“Mummy’s dressing-table,” asserted Master Dick authoritatively.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 8, 1916 Various

“The cause of failure was very different,” said O’Hallo-ran, authoritatively.
The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) Charles James Lever

In the class-room, he not only knew more than any other boy, but frequently and authoritatively corrected the teacher.
McClure’s Magazine, Vol. XXXI, September 1908, No. 5 Various

“They’ll never stand for her going on the stage,” said Quin authoritatively.
Quin Alice Hegan Rice

The most illogical ideas are accepted without dispute or examination, providing they are stated solemnly and authoritatively.
The Art of Logical Thinking William Walker Atkinson

Not authoritatively reported from the other New England states.
Handbook of the Trees of New England Lorin Low Dame

adjective
recognized or accepted as being true or reliable: an authoritative article on drugs
exercising or asserting authority; commanding: an authoritative manner
possessing or supported by authority; official: an authoritative communiqué
adj.

c.1600, “dictatorial” (a sense now restricted to authoritarian), from Medieval Latin authoritativus (see authority). Meaning “possessing authority” is recorded from 1650s; that of “proceeding from proper authority” is from 1809. Related: Authoritatively; authoritativeness.

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