combative

[ kuh m-bat-iv, kom-buh-tiv, kuhm- ]
/ kəmˈbæt ɪv, ˈkɒm bə tɪv, ˈkʌm- /

adjective

ready or inclined to fight; pugnacious: He displayed a most unpleasant, combative attitude.

Nearby words

  1. combat team,
  2. combat trousers,
  3. combat zone,
  4. combat-ready,
  5. combatant,
  6. combatively,
  7. combativity,
  8. combe,
  9. combe-capelle man,
  10. combed yarn

Origin of combative

First recorded in 1825–35; combat + -ive

Related formscom·bat·ive·ly, adverbcom·bat·ive·ness, com·ba·tiv·i·ty [kom-buh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒm bəˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounun·com·bat·ive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for combative

combative

/ (ˈkɒmbətɪv, ˈkʌm-) /

adjective

eager or ready to fight, argue, etc; aggressive
Derived Formscombatively, adverbcombativeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for combative

combative

adj.

1819, from combat + -ive. In 1820s-30s, much associated with phrenology. Related: Combatively; combativeness (1815).

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