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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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Examples from the Web for self-assertive
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  • Strong for his years and self-assertive, the boys feared him.

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  • You need for a wife some one not too self-assertive, and who believes in you.

  • His was a firm mind, sure of itself, but not self-assertive.

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  • To most of us he seemed too self-assertive, too self-assured.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • But the tone more than the words was self-assertive, even arrogant.

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  • It was the most self-assertive speech he had ever heard her utter.

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  • A myna is a self-assertive bird, a bird that will stand no nonsense.

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  • A young pear-tree is about the least self-assertive of any of the tree-fruits.

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  • Not only are they not self-assertive, but they are actually gentle to the weak.

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  • He was so shy that he did not move in Society as he might have done had he been self-assertive.

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British Dictionary definitions for self-assertive

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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Word Origin and History for self-assertive
adj.

1853, from self- + assertive. Related: Self-assertively; self-assertiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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