assertive

[ uh-sur-tiv ]
/ əˈsɜr tɪv /

adjective

confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman.
having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.

Nearby words

  1. asser,
  2. assert,
  3. asserted,
  4. assertedly,
  5. assertion,
  6. assertively,
  7. assertiveness,
  8. assertiveness training,
  9. assertoric,
  10. assertory

Origin of assertive

First recorded in 1555–65; assert + -ive

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for assertive

assertive

/ (əˈsɜːtɪv) /

adjective

confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
Derived Formsassertively, adverbassertiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for assertive

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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