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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The thin squares of firm tofu were browned and crisped before being braised in a spicy sauce with assertive chili flavor and lots of umami.
Lately, I have been accosted by an assertive and nervous killdeer.
The veterans have encouraged the freshmen to be more assertive and confident on the court.
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For years, Mitchell, polished and assertive, has defended the two men’s actions in the press and in a recent book, while Jessen remained silent.
Lori Plotkin Boghardt, a former Saudi Arabia analyst at the CIA now at the Washington Institute, said bin Salman is likely to adopt more assertive policies as Saudi Arabia has pursued over the past two years.
Isaac will have to grow into his role and become more assertive and willing to score the basketball.
That was clear through Washington's assertive drives, both dribbling up court and into the paint.
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Synonym Discussion of assertive
ASSERTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of assertive for English Language Learners
: confident in behavior or style
ASSERTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of assertive for Students
: having a bold or confident manner an assertive attitude
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