[ uh-sawl-tiv ]

  1. tending or seeming to assault; physically aggressive: the assaultive behavior of the inmates; the assaultive manner of some rock bands.

Origin of assaultive

First recorded in 1950–55; assault + -ive

Other words from assaultive

  • as·saul·tive·ly, adverb
  • as·saul·tive·ness, noun

Words Nearby assaultive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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