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[poo sh-fuh l] /ˈpʊʃ fəl/
self-assertive and aggressive; pushing.
Origin of pushful
First recorded in 1895-1900; push + -ful
Related forms
pushfully, adverb
pushfulness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was a big man with a hard, pushful face and a great under jaw.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • But these were slight difficulties for our brilliant “pushful” young man.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • Wells, like the pushful tradesman he is, has the very thing in his pocket.

    The Secrets of a Savoyard Henry A. Lytton
  • No wonder the Fifth Symphony appeals so much to our virtuous and pushful middle-class audiences.

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
  • Directly I go away from here I shall make a list of my most really obstinate, pushful friends to help me.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • When we first knew Herbert (or "'Erb" as he was known in those days), he was an impudent and pushful private.

  • Balfour is by nature a modest and retiring man; Chamberlain is always "pushful Joe."

    British Political Leaders

    Justin McCarthy
  • They had a pushful bustling “wide-awake” firm of solicitors, who let not a point escape.

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • German trading associations were as pushful in Renaissance times as they are to-day, and more artistic.

    Holbein Samuel Levy Bensusan
  • Close astern of her comes War Ordnance, her pushful young captain having taken heed of the sounds of Standard's weighing.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone

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