At my workplace, my senior, who is senior than me by age, experience and knowledge is always right.

I want to tell (admit/appraise) him that, I do what he says and do not put my POV because at the end of conversation he will emerge as correct with all facts and examples and convince all of us in meeting.

I don't want to use stubborn, adamant or any other rude word because he is never rude but polite.

Edit: I want to add more maybe it is more or less similar to what I wrote, still I think it would bring us more closer to that word.

  1. He doesn't easily surrender to what anyone says in meeting and put facts across to in support of his point.
  2. Generally it becomes kind of interactive debate session and he appears to be winner in the end.


He could come up as "Sorry, what did you say" and

I go like "blah blah.."

He again, "No dear, I am not that person" another debate started.

Authoritative, Self-reliant or Self-Righteous:

He could come up as "Oh no dear, I don't want to act as Authority, authoritative here, I am just putting facts on the table".

I am looking for word that people would accept, without any explanation/after-thoughts.

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    'Assertive' in my opinion carries overtones of pushiness, whereas 'assured' may not be forceful enough. Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 8:43
  • What's went with calling him correct? Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 10:39
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    @TusharRaj I think not a dup: The question you link is about somebody who always thinks he is right (and since no other information is given, we must assume that this is not always true). That is almost the opposite of this question. Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 13:03
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    Just call him sensei ;-). Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 13:05
  • @PeterA.Schneider: The top answer there offers plenty of suggestions for both cases. I love your sensei suggestion though.
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 13:12

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The word authoritative has meanings which can be combined to get the sense that you are looking for.


authoritative ADJECTIVE

1 Able to be trusted as being accurate or true; reliable

‘Clinic staff may be seen as authoritative sources of prevention information.’

2 Commanding and self-confident; likely to be respected and obeyed:

‘his voice was calm and authoritative’

Addendum (courtesy of Joe Blow):

And the good news is,

"The authority"

is a commonplace catchphrase, often used in the US.

If you say to your boss...

Boss, you are the Authority, dude.

Your full sense is conveyed.

Examples of use ... "Here comes The Authority" (as he walks in to the room) or "We need to ask The Authority - our boss" (when a problem arises).

This phrase has that exact "pumped-up / sports-crowd like" feel that US audiences look for, or indeed need. So, when you exclaim, "Boss, you are The Authority!" it could well be followed by everyone in the room fistpumping, doing the deep "yeah", and then chanting U-S-A-U-S-A.

Note that indeed it is used in a number of marketing slogans; "XYZ Sports stores .. the Sports Authority" and so on.

Use in a marketing tagline is the ultimate proof positive (in the USA) that the phrase is absolutely - utterly - wholesome; spotlessly positive; spostlessly politically correct; and very broadly understood. So, you're golden.

  • +1. However, I've rarely, if ever, seen the word being applied to a person; as opposed to a resource or an attitude. It might help if you provide some example sentences that suit the OP's requirement.
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 10:53
  • @TusharRaj I've heard "someone is an authority on" a specific subject
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 12:25
  • @Mari-LouA: Yes, that's common enough. But somehow, "Clint is authoritative here in this project" doesn't seem to sit right. That's why I wanted some usage examples.
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 12:29
  • "Tom's answers/solutions/proposals are always authoritative" sounds good to me. As does "he is authoritative"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 12:34
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    @JoeBlow: Wish I could upvote again after reading your thoroughly entertaining addendum :)
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 16:18


: firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal

Steadfast is often used to describe storybook heroes — The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a notable example — but the word is commonly understood, and appropriate here.

To call someone steadfast would always be a compliment, although its heroic tone might make someone chuckle.

Usage example

I am impressed with how you handle the pressure to take unwise shortcuts. I only wish I could be so steadfast.


You could say Uncompromising. This carries the sense of both strength and correctness, because one of the senses of a compromise is to accept lower standards than necessary. The problem is that if you call someone uncompromising in a debate, it means that they won't make any concessions.

Another word is Exacting. This means very precise, and also carries the sense of strength and correctness. Someone with exacting standards doesn't compromise, in the sense of settling for less than what is possible.


Your boss is determined and doesn't change his mind easily because he thinks he is right, which he always is.

You might then tell him, you think he has a self-reliant countenance.

  • self-reliant (adj) - Reliant on one's own capabilities, judgment, or resources

I don't have a single word (besides sensei, which may not be understood by people who have never been in a dojo or watched Kung Fu Panda), but I would call him a tenacious and patient source of knowledge. It's obvious that he is tenacious, and I'd call him patient to credit him for dealing with his junior colleagues who always challenge him and apparently keep being wrong.



:convinced of one's own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others. [Merriam-Webster's]

He is so self-righteous talking about his religion it's not even worth going there in conversation.


I nominate doyen:

1a : the senior member of a body or group

1b : a person considered to be knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor


It doesn't perfectly capture what you asked in the title, but I think it should work for you based on what you described in the post.

It acknowledges expertise and seniority without the (negative) connotations of (undue) authority or cockiness.

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