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  1. resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof; alleged: The asserted value of the property was twice the amount anyone offered.
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Origin of asserted

First recorded in 1675–85; assert + -ed2
Related formsas·sert·ed·ly, adverbun·as·sert·ed, adjectivewell-as·sert·ed, adjective


verb (used with object)
  1. to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver: He asserted his innocence of the crime.
  2. to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
  3. to state as having existence; affirm; postulate: to assert a first cause as necessary.
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  1. assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.: The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
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Origin of assert

1595–1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsas·sert·er, as·ser·tor, nounas·sert·i·ble, adjectivemis·as·sert, verb (used with object)o·ver·as·sert, verb (used with object)pre·as·sert, verb (used with object)re·as·sert, verb (used with object)


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1. asseverate, avow, maintain. 2. uphold, support.

Synonym study

1. See declare. 2. See maintain.


1. deny.
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Examples from the Web for asserted

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Historical Examples

  • It was asserted that the system was only slavery under another name.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • "And the jock'll have to stand the shot; I know how it goes," asserted the Tout.


    W. A. Fraser

  • "We'll break the bad luck seven to-day," asserted little Redpath, bravely.


    W. A. Fraser

  • "I don't think you'll go alone," asserted Jack Bates, grabbing his hat.

  • The Imperial power had been asserted, but the cost was heavy.

British Dictionary definitions for asserted


verb (tr)
  1. to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
  2. (may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
  3. to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
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Derived Formsasserter or assertor, nounassertible, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
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Word Origin and History for asserted



c.1600, "declare," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere "claim, maintain, affirm" (see assertion). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights" is recorded from 1879.

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