- characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
- making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player.
- vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson.
- boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive driver.
- emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income: an aggressive mutual fund.
- (of a disease or tumor) spreading rapidly or highly invasive; difficult or impossible to treat successfully.
- pertaining to a risky surgery or treatment, or to a medication that has grave side effects: aggressive chemotherapy.
Origin of aggressive
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1. pugnacious, militant. 2. forceful, enterprising, assertive.
1. friendly. 2. retiring, shy, timid, hesitant.
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- quarrelsome or belligerentan aggressive remark
- assertive; vigorousan aggressive business executive
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Word Origin and History for pseudo-aggressive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by aggression.
- Inclined to behave in a hostile fashion.
- Tending to spread quickly, as a tumor; fast-growing.
- Characterized by or inclined toward vigorous or intensive medical treatment.
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