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[uh-sur-tiv] /əˈsɜr tɪv/
confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic:
He is too assertive as a salesman.
having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.
Origin of assertive
First recorded in 1555-65; assert + -ive
Related forms
assertively, adverb
assertiveness, noun
nonassertive, adjective
nonassertively, adverb
nonassertiveness, noun
overassertive, adjective
overassertively, adverb
overassertiveness, noun
pseudoassertive, adjective
pseudoassertively, adverb
unassertive, adjective
unassertively, adverb
unassertiveness, noun
1. forceful, decisive, forward. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for assertive
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  • This assertive Briton has no desire to lose identity in "Brahm."

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • He was a slender fellow with close-clipped, assertive red hair.

    The Arena Various
  • There was in them something else, or more, than the assertive grossness of life.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • His paganism would be too assertive; it might even be in bad taste.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • He irritated the older men by his assertive manner, and his cocksureness.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for assertive


confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
Derived Forms
assertively, adverb
assertiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for assertive

1560s, "declaratory, positive, full of assertion," from assert + -ive. Meaning "insisting on one's rights" is short for self-assertive (1865).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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