[ uh-gres-iv ]
/ əˈgrɛs ɪv /


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.
  1. (of a disease or tumor) spreading rapidly or highly invasive; difficult or impossible to treat successfully.
  2. pertaining to a risky surgery or treatment, or to a medication that has grave side effects: aggressive chemotherapy.

Nearby words

  1. aggregative,
  2. aggregator,
  3. aggregatory,
  4. aggress,
  5. aggression,
  6. aggressive infantile fibromatosis,
  7. aggressive mimicry,
  8. aggressively,
  9. aggressivity,
  10. aggressor

Origin of aggressive

First recorded in 1815–25; aggress(ion) + -ive

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Related forms
Can be confusedaggressive passive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for aggressivity


/ (əˈɡrɛsɪv) /


quarrelsome or belligerentan aggressive remark
assertive; vigorousan aggressive business executive
Derived Formsaggressively, adverbaggressiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for aggressivity



1791, from Latin aggress-, past participle stem of aggredi (see aggression) + -ive. In psychological use from 1913, first in translations of Freud. Related: Aggressively; aggressiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for aggressivity


[ ə-grĕsĭv ]


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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