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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And the company is taking a particularly aggressive approach to the upcoming shopping blitz: Earlier this week, Amazon extended free shipping to all shoppers during the holiday season, with no minimum purchase. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon’s 70-page catalog will be sent to millions of customers.," 7 Nov. 2018 As of next month, catcalling on streets and public transportation can result in on-the-spot fines of up to €750, with more for increasingly aggressive and physical behavior, according to Reuters. Bridget Read, Vogue, "In France, Catcalling Is Now Illegal," 3 Aug. 2018 The auto industry agreed to produce fleets with an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 (which was on target to be one of the most aggressive fuel economy goals in the world). Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Mayors are fighting the EPA’s fuel-efficiency rollback. What cities need are fewer cars.," 2 Aug. 2018 Any suggestion that humans have an intrinsically violent and aggressive nature tends to get people riled. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 The more aggressive the attack, the faster the evolution. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Benjamin Moore Revealed Its 2019 Color Of The Year, And It's Sophisticated AF," 11 Oct. 2018 Most wasps and hornets are generally uninterested in you and not particularly aggressive unless disturbed, and all of them will die come a hard frost or two in the fall; only the queen overwinters to start a brand new nest in the spring. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 Barrios' actions were rash and needless, showing the player to have a nasty and aggressive side - but that is also a trait and kind of player Tottenham have been accused of lacking in recent seasons. SI.com, "Spurs Fans Applaud Potential Signing Wilmar Barrios Following Jordan Henderson Headbutt," 4 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
: 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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