- characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
- making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player.
- vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson.
- boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive driver.
- emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income: an aggressive mutual fund.
- (of a disease or tumor) spreading rapidly or highly invasive; difficult or impossible to treat successfully.
- pertaining to a risky surgery or treatment, or to a medication that has grave side effects: aggressive chemotherapy.
Origin of aggressive
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1. pugnacious, militant. 2. forceful, enterprising, assertive.
1. friendly. 2. retiring, shy, timid, hesitant.
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Examples from the Web for aggressively
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Most important, it must aggressively pursue rapprochement with India.Pakistan’s New Top Spy Once Suggested Peace With India
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The police car arrives and aggressively questions the old woman.A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
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But think more deeply: Congress could make all kinds of laws that aggressively establish an ideology that is not a religion.Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment
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The movie was aggressively fun, and, despite its sci-fi setting and outlandish plot, somehow relatable.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero
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"I don't see any easier way to get half a million," he said aggressively.Within the Law
"You ought to give it to him as a keepsake," said young Howard, aggressively.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
He was obviously direct from some eastern city, though not aggressively so.The Law-Breakers
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There was no injunction for fighting absolutely or aggressively in the Koran.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
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- quarrelsome or belligerentan aggressive remark
- assertive; vigorousan aggressive business executive
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Word Origin and History for aggressively
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by aggression.
- Inclined to behave in a hostile fashion.
- Tending to spread quickly, as a tumor; fast-growing.
- Characterized by or inclined toward vigorous or intensive medical treatment.
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