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self-assertion

[self-uh-sur-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈsɜr ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
insistence on or an expression of one's own importance, wishes, needs, opinions, or the like.
Origin of self-assertion
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805
Related forms
self-asserting, adjective
self-assertingly, adverb
self-assertive, adjective
self-assertively, adverb
self-assertiveness, noun
Synonyms
assertiveness, aggressiveness, belligerence.
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  • There was self-assertion, but not of the antagonistic—solely of the inviting sort.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • There was also in his manner a degree of self-assertion which favoured the same conclusion.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • self-assertion can never be the best preparation for achievement.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • She lacked something, she had no real dignity, no self-assertion.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Passion and self-assertion were at one; my conquest would be two-fold.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Emma had no guile in her disposition and was utterly lacking in self-assertion.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Nor does liberty rest on the self-assertion of the individual.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • At which piece of self-assertion the girls looked at him with admiring eyes.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • His complacency was less secure, so that there was more need for self-assertion.

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for self-assertion

self-assertion

noun
1.
the act or an instance of putting forward one's own opinions, etc, esp in an aggressive or conceited manner
Derived Forms
self-asserting, adjective
self-assertingly, adverb
self-assertive, adjective
self-assertively, adverb
self-assertiveness, noun
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