combative

[ kuhm-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.

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Origin of combative

First recorded in 1825–35; combat + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM combative

com·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 forms of combative

combatively, adverbcombativeness, noun
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