- confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman.
- having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.
Origin of assertive
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1. forceful, decisive, forward.
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Examples from the Web for unassertive
That the squatters did not themselves recognise the worth of one so unassertive was not to be wondered at.Australian Writers
He was an unassertive, unassuming man, with a genius for being inconspicuous.
Would not he too have been melancholy, quiet, unassertive, almost as uninteresting and uninterested as Booth was?The Story of My Life
The Eversleighs were very fond of their house, and, in an unassertive way, proud of it.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
Her beauty was not heightened now, but it was displayed with all the grave consciousness of an unassertive renown.Sinister Street, vol. 2
- confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
- given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
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Word Origin and History for unassertive
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