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  • adj. authoritative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Authoritative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Authoritative; befitting a ruler or potentate.


Latin potestativus, from potestas power: compare French potestatif. See potent. (Wiktionary)


  • And as this is well pleaded by some against those who would erect a kingdom for him in the world, and, as far as I can understand, of this world, framed in their own imaginations unto a fancied interest of their own; so it is as pleadable against them who pretend to exercise the rule and power of his present kingdom after the manner of the potestative administrations of the world.


  • Pos - sible conditions may be casual, or potestative, or mixt.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • If an heir be appointed, pro - vided diat immediately after my decease, he shall go up to the capi - tol, this is potestative and valid, because the nominee may at his own pleasure put an end to the condition.

    The Institutes of Justinian

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