[self-uh-sur-shuhn, self-]


insistence on or an expression of one's own importance, wishes, needs, opinions, or the like.

Origin of self-assertion

First recorded in 1795–1805
Related formsself-as·sert·ing, adjectiveself-as·sert·ing·ly, adverbself-as·ser·tive, adjectiveself-as·ser·tive·ly, adverbself-as·ser·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms for self-assertion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-assertive

audacious, bumptious, confident, immodest, pushy, sure

Examples from the Web for self-assertive

Historical Examples of self-assertive

  • Strong for his years and self-assertive, the boys feared him.

  • You need for a wife some one not too self-assertive, and who believes in you.

  • His was a firm mind, sure of itself, but not self-assertive.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • To most of us he seemed too self-assertive, too self-assured.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • But the tone more than the words was self-assertive, even arrogant.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm

British Dictionary definitions for self-assertive



the act or an instance of putting forward one's own opinions, etc, esp in an aggressive or conceited manner
Derived Formsself-asserting, adjectiveself-assertingly, adverbself-assertive, adjectiveself-assertively, adverbself-assertiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-assertive

1853, from self- + assertive. Related: Self-assertively; self-assertiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper