confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman.
having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.
Origin of assertive
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
First recorded in 1555–65; assert
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Well have to get her back before that time, declared her chum, assertively.
Malmaison wears its flowers as a lady wears her gems, flauntingly, assertively.
Her voice was a very soft and pleasing voice, and she spoke persuasively and not assertively as so many American women do.
British Dictionary definitions for assertively
Derived Formsassertively, adverbassertiveness, noun
confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
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Word Origin and History for assertively
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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