aggressive

adjective
ag·gres·sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv \

Definition of aggressive 

1a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior

b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter

2a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality

b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman

3 : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors

4 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors

5 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

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Other words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ˌa-ˌgre-ˈsi-və-tē \ noun

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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

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

He started to get aggressive and began to shout. an aggressive lawyer whose tactics have made people angry The team plays a very aggressive style of defense. The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment. The publisher has been very aggressive in promoting the book. The city began an aggressive campaign to encourage recycling. an aggressive form of cancer
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Over the course of 12 months, the team became much smarter and more aggressive, and suddenly LeBron James is in L.A. Particularly with the Knicks, that's the dream. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 Nickelberry is trying to be aggressive off the court, too, with an everyday recruiting pursuit of his travel teammates Kobe Brown and Jaylin Williams. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pledge Josh Nickelberry recruiting teammates for Cards," 13 July 2018 The report also said that Strzok repeatedly pushed for more aggressive action in the Clinton probe. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "FBI agent Peter Strzok: My personal opinion of Trump did not affect my work," 12 July 2018 He’s shown his own aggressive in-game managerial style. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Jim Riggleman shows his own style of managing in interim role with Cincinnati Reds," 12 July 2018 In May, the Trump administration released a plan to combat rising pharmaceutical prices through regulations, but avoided taking aggressive direct action. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Trump Criticizes Pfizer for Raising Drug Prices," 10 July 2018 An attorney for one of the activists, Detroit lawyer Solomon Radner, said none of his clients used violence or inflammatory language that would have warranted aggressive police action. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Leon Valley hit with lawsuit over ‘auditor’ arrests," 5 July 2018 Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that aggressive action is needed to stave off the violent storms, rising seas, and debilitating droughts projected to worsen as the climate warms. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018 There were incredibly in-depth, aggressive, investigative reporting. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on Recode Media," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of aggressive

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aggressive

borrowed from New Latin aggressīvus, from Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī "to step up to, approach, attack" + -īvus -ive — more at aggress

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aggressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aggressive

: ready and willing to fight, argue, etc. : feeling or showing aggression

: using forceful methods to succeed or to do something

medical : very severe

aggressive

adjective
ag·gres·sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv \

Kids Definition of aggressive

1 : showing a readiness to fight or argue an aggressive dog aggressive behavior

2 : engaging in hostile action without reasonable cause an aggressive nation

3 : being forceful in getting things done an overly aggressive salesperson

Other words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun

aggressive

adjective
ag·gres·sive | \ ə-ˈgres-iv \

Medical Definition of aggressive 

1 : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior

2 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors

3 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy aggressive surgical intervention — compare conservative

Other words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ˌag-ˌre-ˈsiv-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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