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What does assertive mean?
Assertive commonly means confident and direct when trying to get what one wants or saying what one wants to say. It can also mean aggressive, forceful, or having a tendency to make demands.
These two meanings are typically applied to people, their personalities, or their actions. Assertive is sometimes also applied to food to mean having a bold flavor.
Example: If you want your work to be noticed, you have to be more assertive—you can’t just sit quietly at every meeting.
Where does assertive come from?
The first records of the word assertive come from the mid-1500s. It comes from the Latin assertus, meaning “defended” or “claimed.” Assertive can be thought of as the adjective version of the verb assert, which means “to maintain or defend” (as in phrases like assert your rights or assert their dominance), but assertive has actually been in use for longer than assert.
Assertive is often used to describe a confident person’s personality. People who are assertive are confident, they speak up for themselves, and they take charge. But that doesn’t mean they’re seen as aggressive. When described with this sense of the word, they are thought to be able to get their point across without being overly forceful. This sense of assertive is the opposite of passive and it is generally used in a positive way.
But sometimes assertive is used in a negative way to mean “aggressive,” “forceful,” or “demanding.” Someone might be described in this way if they constantly assert their opinions or beliefs, especially without allowing anyone to question them or without letting others state their own.
When used to describe food and drink, assertive means something has a real kick to it—the opposite of bland. Red wine and strong cheeses are two things whose flavors are frequently called assertive.
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What are some other forms related to assertive?
- assert (verb)
- assertively (adverb)
- assertiveness (noun)
- nonassertive (adjective)
- assertion (noun)
What are some synonyms for assertive?
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How is assertive used in real life?
Assertive can be used both positively (meaning “confident”) and negatively (meaning “aggressive”).
I’ve been told more than once by men I’ve dated that my personality is super chill. I’ve also been told I’m too chill and that’s probably why I’m single. Knowing me, I kinda agree with the logic.
I’ve been more assertive lately and it’s been great!
— B (@blaire_erialb) March 5, 2020
With millions of people having become assertive and vocal abt betrayals, demands,aspirations & solutions, the Earth may prove 2 small 4 us!
— Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) February 18, 2015
— Zin The Phoenix (@ZinThePhoenix) January 8, 2017
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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for assertive?
Example sentences from the Web for assertive
And, in all fairness to Lady Gaga, any singer who matches up with Tony Bennett needs to get loud and assertive.
It tells me we need more women, and men, to raise their girls the way my parents raised me: to be assertive, confident and proud.Sheryl Sandberg's Got a Bigger Problem Than Bossy-Gate|Keli Goff|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He would recognize the angry, assertive tone of comments on web articles as the exact same tendency he identified in 1929.The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929|Ted Gioia|January 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead they were becoming an assertive voice on the streets, and also online, for their rights.Principal Murdered in Pakistan: Latest Assault on Girls' Schooling|Gordon Brown|March 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When a shy person decides to be assertive, they go over the top.All Novels Are Spy Novels: Ian McEwan Talks ‘Sweet Tooth’ and His Life|Maya Jaggi|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Peanuts were the order of the day, and their assertive crackle broke in upon the finest passages.The Girl from Montana|Grace Livingston Hill
In his doubts, too, he was no less interesting and assertive.
Assertive individualism, while allowed a certain range among the samurai, always had its well-marked limits.
Those we have here are so bold and assertive that I have become quite accustomed to them.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912|Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
He had a dislike for anything which savoured of assertive impudence.For Jacinta|Harold Bindloss