: marked by eagerness to fight or contend
— com·bat·ive·ly adverb
— com·bat·ive·ness noun
Examples of COMBATIVE
- When the police tried to arrest him, he became combative.
- <channeling his naturally combative impulses into sports>
First Known Use of COMBATIVE
Related to COMBATIVE
- aggressive, agonistic, argumentative, assaultive, bellicose, brawly, chippy, belligerent, confrontational, contentious, discordant, disputatious, feisty, gladiatorial, militant, pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent, warlike
- nonaggressive, nonbelligerent, pacific, peaceable, peaceful, unbelligerent, uncombative, uncontentious
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