assaultive

adjective
as·​sault·​ive | \ ə-ˈsȯl-tiv How to pronounce assaultive (audio) \

Definition of assaultive

1 : of, relating to, or tending toward assault assaultive behavior
2 : having an intense or abrasive effect on the senses or emotions loud and assaultive music

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Other Words from assaultive

assaultively adverb
assaultiveness noun

Examples of assaultive in a Sentence

with viciously assaultive prose the writer takes on her critics
Recent Examples on the Web But Luisi and the orchestra gave it assiduous attention, and in an age of so much assaultive new music, a dreamy escape was welcome. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fabio Luisi leads Dallas Symphony premiere of atmospheric Angélica Negrón piece," 5 Feb. 2021 Most assaultive crimes would not be eligible for automatic expungement. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Lawmakers approve expungement of first-time DUIs, automatic record clearing for juveniles," 17 Dec. 2020 Once outside, individuals refused to leave the area and became assaultive with officers. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Canadian politician's son tasered over mask-wearing dispute in Ontario bar," 6 Dec. 2020 These conditions apply: no more than two assaultive crimes can be expunged, and no more than one felony conviction for the same offense if the offense is punishable by more than 10 years imprisonment. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer signs bills expanding criminal record expungement in Michigan," 12 Oct. 2020 The Substance Abuse Program, sometimes called the Early Release Program, is aimed at offenders convicted of nonviolent, non-assaultive crimes whose behavioral problems seem strongly linked to substance abuse. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals court: Mandatory 3 year sentence trumps early release requirement of substance abuse program," 10 Nov. 2020 None of the offenses can be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon, or carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer signs bills expanding criminal record expungement in Michigan," 12 Oct. 2020 None of the offenses could be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon, or carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan criminal record expungement bills head to Whitmer's desk," 24 Sep. 2020 None of the offenses could be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon, or carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan criminal record expungement bills head to Whitmer's desk," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of assaultive

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Feb 2021

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“Assaultive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assaultive. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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