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[uh-sur-tid] /əˈsɜr tɪd/
resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof; alleged:
The asserted value of the property was twice the amount anyone offered.
Origin of asserted
First recorded in 1675-85; assert + -ed2
Related forms
assertedly, adverb
unasserted, adjective
well-asserted, adjective


[uh-surt] /əˈsɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver:
He asserted his innocence of the crime.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate:
to assert a first cause as necessary.
assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.:
The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
1595-1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
misassert, verb (used with object)
overassert, verb (used with object)
preassert, verb (used with object)
reassert, verb (used with object)
1. asseverate, avow, maintain. 2. uphold, support.
1. deny.
Synonym Study
1. See declare. 2. See maintain. Unabridged
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  • It was asserted that the system was only slavery under another name.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • "And the jock'll have to stand the shot; I know how it goes," asserted the Tout.

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  • "We'll break the bad luck seven to-day," asserted little Redpath, bravely.

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  • "I don't think you'll go alone," asserted Jack Bates, grabbing his hat.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • The Imperial power had been asserted, but the cost was heavy.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for asserted


verb (transitive)
to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
Derived Forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
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Word Origin and History for asserted



c.1600, "declare," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere "claim, maintain, affirm" (see assertion). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights" is recorded from 1879.

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