assertive

adjective
as·​ser·​tive | \ ə-ˈsər-tiv How to pronounce assertive (audio) , 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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For one, this may influence other countries looking for an even more assertive way to control the internet within their borders. Justin Sherman, WIRED, "Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet," 6 June 2019 Among the young hopefuls is Zula (Joanna Kulig), an assertive and voluptuous blonde in her late teens or early twenties who, it’s revealed in a snippet of overheard dialogue, is not from around these parts. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 As his country strives to take a more assertive role in international affairs, the rest of the world — including the United States — will be dealing with a confident president unchallenged at home. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "China proposes removal of two-term limit, potentially paving way for President Xi Jinping to stay on," 25 Feb. 2018 Despite signs of concern among Chinese elites over President Xi Jinping’s assertive trade and military policies, his grip on power remains firm. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Democracy Could Bounce Back in 2019," 31 Dec. 2018 But analysts are skeptical that Russia would hand over any territory, however small, given Mr. Putin’s assertive foreign-policy stance in recent years, including seizing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. James Marson, WSJ, "Japan Objects to Russian Military Construction on Disputed Islands," 18 Dec. 2018 Despite her entreaties, the government appeared to be on a collision course with an increasingly assertive Parliament. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit," 4 Dec. 2018 But General Motors and an increasingly assertive array of corporate interests object to his prescription. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Is what's good for General Motors still good for the country?," 3 July 2018 For many of his supporters, Mr. Modi’s 2014 election was supposed to mark the advent of a more assertive India. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan-Based Jihadists Kill 40, and Indians Demand a Response," 21 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce assertive (audio) \

Kids Definition of assertive

: having a bold or confident manner an assertive attitude

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