What does the word authoritative mean?

Usage examples for authoritative

  1. But when Bellerophon patted his head and spoke a few authoritative, yet kind and soothing words, another look came into the eyes of Pegasus; for he was glad at heart, after so many lonely centuries, to have found a companion and a master. – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  2. Jane reached forth an authoritative hand. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  3. He had let go of Daubrecq, but held him for a time under the dominion of his authoritative glance and will. – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
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