What is authoritative?

  • (adj): Having authority or ascendancy or influence.
    Example: "The captain's authoritative manner"
    Synonyms: important
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The word authority is derived from the Latin word auctoritas, meaning invention, advice, opinion, influence, or command. In English, the word authority can be used to mean power given by the state (in the form of Members of Parliament, Judges, Police Officers, etc.) or by academic knowledge of an area (someone can be an authority on a subject). The word Authority with capital A refers to the governing body upon which such authority (with lower case a) is vested; for example, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

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Comparison Of DNS Server Software - Servers Compared
... be implemented either uniquely or combined in a given product are Authoritative server authoritative name servers publish DNS mappings for domains under their authoritative control ... Authoritative name servers can be primary name servers, also known as master servers, i.e ... of the client application to the chain of authoritative name servers to fully resolve a network name ...
Authoritative Name Server
... Authoritative Name Server (ANS) is a commercial authoritavtive-only DNS server software product from Nominum, a company founded to create commercial DNS and DHCP ... When not referring to the Nominum software product, the term authoritative name server is used to describe a DNS server which provides authoritative answers to queries ...
Auditing (Scientology) - Controversy - Anderson Report
... the state of Victoria, Australia, found that auditing involved a form of "authoritative" or "command" hypnosis, in which the hypnotist assumes "positive authoritative control" over the subject ... and dianetic techniques are those of authoritative hypnosis and as such are dangerous ... to the inescapable conclusion that it is only in name that there is any difference between authoritative hypnosis and most of the techniques of scientology ...
Authoritative - Max Weber On Authority
... Weber divided legitimate authority into three types The first type discussed by Weber is Rational-legal authority ... It is that form of authority which depends for its legitimacy on formal rules and established laws of the state, which are usually written down and are often very complex ...

More definitions of "authoritative":

  • (adj): Sanctioned by established authority.
    Example: "An authoritative communique"
    Synonyms: authorized, authorised