[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 1795–1805Related 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
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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.
To most of us he seemed too self-assertive, too self-assured.
But the tone more than the words was self-assertive, even arrogant.
British Dictionary definitions for self-assertive
Derived Formsself-asserting, adjectiveself-assertingly, adverbself-assertive, adjectiveself-assertively, adverbself-assertiveness, noun
the act or an instance of putting forward one's own opinions, etc, esp in an aggressive or conceited manner
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Word Origin and History for self-assertive
1853, from self- + assertive. Related: Self-assertively; self-assertiveness.
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