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assertive

[uh-sur-tiv]
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adjective
  1. confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman.
  2. having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.
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Origin of assertive

First recorded in 1555–65; assert + -ive
Related formsas·ser·tive·ly, adverbas·ser·tive·ness, nounnon·as·ser·tive, adjectivenon·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbnon·as·ser·tive·ness, nouno·ver·as·ser·tive, adjectiveo·ver·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·as·ser·tive·ness, nounpseu·do·as·ser·tive, adjectivepseu·do·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbun·as·ser·tive, adjectiveun·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbun·as·ser·tive·ness, noun

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Related Words

self-assuredself-confidentpushyforcefulconfidentinsistentdecisiveemphaticabsoluteassuredcertaindecideddemandingdogmaticdomineeringfirmforwardmilitantoverbearingpositive

Examples from the Web for assertive

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  • This assertive Briton has no desire to lose identity in "Brahm."

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • He was a slender fellow with close-clipped, assertive red hair.

    The Arena

    Various

  • There was in them something else, or more, than the assertive grossness of life.

  • His paganism would be too assertive; it might even be in bad taste.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • He irritated the older men by his assertive manner, and his cocksureness.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence


British Dictionary definitions for assertive

assertive

adjective
  1. confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
  2. given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
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Derived Formsassertively, adverbassertiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for assertive

adj.

1560s, "declaratory, positive, full of assertion," from assert + -ive. Meaning "insisting on one's rights" is short for self-assertive (1865).

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