[ uh-gres-iv-lee ]
/ əˈgrɛs ɪv li /
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in an aggressive, militant, or menacing manner: The orders were to root out the entrenched rebels, swiftly and aggressively.
in a highly competitive manner; with an aggressive effort to win: The series was aggressively played by both teams.
in a vigorously or forcefully enterprising manner; ambitiously: an aggressively marketed line of cosmetics.
in a pushy or boldly assertive manner: They continue to lobby aggressively for a safer workplace.
  1. (of a disease’s or tumor’s viability) in a rapid and vigorous, highly invasive manner: The cancer has aggressively branched out to his lower intestine.
  2. in a highly potent, therapeutic, but risky manner, intended to destroy malignancy: Can the treatment aggressively target the tumor without harming healthy tissue?
(of a plant’s growth habit) with an undesirable tendency to spread rapidly, especially where unwanted: Wild lotuses have aggressively flourished in both ponds, much to the dismay of local canoeists.
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Origin of aggressively

First recorded in 1790–95; aggressive + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM aggressively

non·ag·gres·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ag·gres·sive·ly, adverbun·ag·gres·sive·ly, adverb
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