adjective as·ser·tive \ə-ˈsər-tiv, a-\

: confident in behavior or style

Full Definition of ASSERTIVE

:  disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior <an assertive leader>
:  having a strong or distinctive flavor or aroma <assertive wines>
as·ser·tive·ly adverb
as·ser·tive·ness noun

Examples of ASSERTIVE

  1. Their daughter is an assertive little girl.
  2. If you want people to listen to your opinions, you'll need to learn to be more assertive.
  3. When my mother brought my baby sister home on the train from the Chicago adoption agency, she had hired a woman from the South named Arizona, much younger than Hope, vigorous, boisterous, taller, darker, and less acclimated to the behavior expected of servants in an upscale Wasp suburb up North. She was a blithe spirit, as I remember her, assertive, gleeful, expansive, loud and goofy with me when, to tease her, I'd pull on the bow of her apron strings … —Edward Hoagland, Harper's, July 2004


(see assert)
First Known Use: circa 1619

Synonym Discussion of ASSERTIVE

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends <aggressive in his business dealings>. militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle <militant protesters rallied against the new law>. assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion <the more assertive speakers dominated the forum>. self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence <a self-assertive young upstart>.
ASSERTIVELY Defined for Kids


adjective as·ser·tive \ə-ˈsər-tiv\

Definition of ASSERTIVE for Kids

:  having a bold or confident manner <an assertive attitude>


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