assertive

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

Definition of assertive 

1 : disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior an assertive leader

2 : having a strong or distinctive flavor or aroma assertive wines

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Other Words from assertive

assertively adverb
assertiveness 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 assertive in a Sentence

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 Don't substitute corn syrup or molasses for cane syrup. Corn syrup is thinner, lighter and milder than cane syrup, and molasses is thicker, darker and much more assertive. — Denise Landis, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2002 One of the points I think that's important is the way in which the United States has responded to the initiatives in the African Renaissance, and a lot of the developments that we have seen, in fact, have their roots in Africa. What it means for U.S. policy is that the Africans themselves are being much more assertive than they have been in the past. Emerge, June 1998 Daily newspaper in Chicago metro region seeks aggressive, assertive crime reporter who thrives on getting obligatory … items done fast in order to devote time to colorful stories about villains, victims and everything in between. Editor & Publisher, 31 Oct. 1998 Their daughter is an assertive little girl. If you want people to listen to your opinions, you'll need to learn to be more assertive.
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Third, China’s foreign policy has become more assertive. Richard N. Haass, WSJ, "The Crisis in U.S.-China Relations," 19 Oct. 2018 The legislators believe the Houston center's new director, Mark Geyer, will be more assertive, while still working closely with headquarters. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Texas lawmakers press NASA to base lunar lander program in Houston," 29 Aug. 2018 Oils, which help keep the meat from drying out, can be neutral in flavor (canola, vegetable, peanut); in-between (olive, nut); and assertive (sesame). Becky Krystal, sacbee, "If you’re in the mood to marinate meat, soak up these tips," 26 June 2018 Yu Zhi, an economic professor from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, questioned the wisdom of a more assertive foreign policy in a recent article published in Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao newspaper. Bloomberg.com, "China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War," 26 June 2018 After 17 months of tumult in U.S. trade policy, Corker’s bill represents the most assertive congressional response to date. Damian Paletta, BostonGlobe.com, "France’s Macron threatens rare rebuke of US at G7, Trump fires back," 8 June 2018 He's taken the measure of the matchups—including the freedom to summon Love or Thompson at will—and played some of his most assertive basketball in years. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Stephen Curry's Shooting Bucks Conventional Math, Breaks Cavs' Resolve in Game 2," 4 June 2018 After the Parkland shooting, Trump suggested raising the minimum age for purchasers of certain guns, and indicated that the government should be far more assertive in taking away weapons from people who might be dangerous. Alexander Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "Renewing bond with the NRA, Trump appeals for help in the midterms," 4 May 2018 The final piece to a tough, assertive 17-point effort. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball rides defense to reach Final Four: Three takeaways," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of assertive

circa 1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assertive

see assert

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assertive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of assertive

: confident in behavior or style

assertive

adjective
as·​ser·​tive | \ə-ˈsər-tiv \

Kids Definition of assertive

: having a bold or confident manner an assertive attitude

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