[self-uh-sur-shuh n, self-]
- insistence on or an expression of one's own importance, wishes, needs, opinions, or the like.
Origin of self-assertion
First recorded in 1795–1805
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assertiveness, aggressiveness, belligerence.
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Examples from the Web for self-assertive
Strong for his years and self-assertive, the boys feared him.The Hunted Outlaw
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.The Freelands
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.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
- the act or an instance of putting forward one's own opinions, etc, esp in an aggressive or conceited manner
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Word Origin and History for self-assertive
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