OTHER WORDS FROM combativecom·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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What does combative mean?
Combative means inclined to fight or prone to being argumentative.
It’s especially used to describe someone who has become defensive and is disputing things in a belligerent way. It’s not commonly applied to someone who’s prone to starting physical fights.
It can also be used to describe situations in which someone or multiple people are acting this way, such as a combative press conference or a combative meeting.
The word combatant is commonly used as a noun meaning one of the sides engaged in a fight, but it can also be used as an adjective meaning the same thing as combative.
Example: The senator became combative when faced with some tough questions during the town hall meeting.
Where does combative come from?
The first records of the word combative come from the 1800s. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin combattere, from com-, meaning “with” or “together,” and the Latin verb battuere, meaning “to strike” or “to beat.” The word battle is based on this same root. The suffix -ive is used to form adjectives.
Combative is always used negatively. It implies that the person is being defensive or overly argumentative. It has several synonyms that each have different shades of meaning, including belligerent, quarrelsome, argumentative, and pugnacious.
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How is combative used in real life?
Combative is usually used in a negative way to criticize someone for being overly inclined to argue or dispute things.
People are so combative on here. You can’t even ask a simple question about politics.
— N 1 R V O U S (@n1rve) November 15, 2020
Unsolicited advice though – people can negotiate without being adversarial and combative. We can express our concerns and assert ourselves without alienating those who are looking out for us.
— Dianna Dela Guerra (@diannalouise) November 16, 2020
This is such a combative press conference. Why can we not just have the facts on this crisis without all this political pandering and angry accusations from our elected officials?
— Tamara Sockol Dourney (@tamaradourney) March 20, 2020
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How to use combative in a sentence
It’s a sweet encapsulation of the pair’s relationship, which is mostly combative except when they’re sticking up for each other.Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with a 5-year-old|Emily VanDerWerff|October 30, 2020|Vox
A defensive and combative Ghislaine Maxwell, the onetime partner of Jeffrey Epstein, insisted in long-sealed court testimony made public Thursday that she had no knowledge of the deceased financier having sexual contact with minors.
However, they revealed Maxwell to have been a combative and loyal defender of Epstein, insistent at every turn that she was aware of no misdeeds by him and refusing to concede even basic information about their interactions.
Erdogan’s combative response to the clashes, which saw him attack the Armenian leadership and offer full support to Azerbaijan, marks a break with previous rounds of fighting in the region.
Blunt and combative, Sargent was one of the executives at the center of the price-fixing scandal over ebooks a decade ago, but more recently had turned his fire on libraries.One of the great enemies of the public library is departing|Aaron Pressman|September 18, 2020|Fortune
“We know how to fight, but we need weapons,” said Duarte, whose combative spirit remains undiminished by age.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I think if you get combative and overly objecting, people are going to begin to get suspicious,” Edwards told me.
When Sara took her case before a panel of faculty members, she said she found them combative and insensitive.Columbia Announces Changes To School Sex Assault Policy|Abigail Golden|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Gondry asks Chomsky about his childhood, the answer soon becomes clear: a skeptical, inquisitive, combative mind.
Like Socrates, Street Epistemologists are to understand themselves as inquisitive teachers, not combative lecturers.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers|Michael Schulson|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
During the reign of Mr. Cousins there was a rupture at the place, and many combative letters were written with reference to it.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
Dick's rather combative look changed instantly into shamefacedness, and he shook hands again.Love in a Cloud|Arlo Bates
The little woman was so combative and incisive that this always seemed a necessary precaution on the part of that gentleman.Sevenoaks|J. G. Holland
Many a woman is antagonistic, is combative, because she is forced into such a position, not because she herself desires it.The Education of American Girls|Anna Callender Brackett
It is combative—in the sense that it shapes nature's forces—and it calls for a sense of artistry in its practitioners.Opportunities in Engineering|Charles M. Horton