- 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
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1. forceful, decisive, forward.
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Examples from the Web for assertively
Lukonge chimes in assertively: “When people discourage us we feel more encouraged to go on.”Victims No More: Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics
June 6, 2014
Well have to get her back before that time, declared her chum, assertively.The Girls of Central High
Gertrude W. Morrison
Malmaison wears its flowers as a lady wears her gems, flauntingly, assertively.Men, Women and Ghosts
Her voice was a very soft and pleasing voice, and she spoke persuasively and not assertively as so many American women do.The Secret Places of the Heart
H. G. Wells
- confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
- given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
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Word Origin and History for assertively
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