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.
Recent Examples of assertive from the Web
The government spoke out strongly against the annexation of Ukraine, amid concerns about China’s increasingly assertive actions around disputed East China Sea islands.
The more that China views Trump family businesses as beholden to Chinese interests, the more assertive the country may be at the international bargaining table.
Neighborhoods have to become more assertive and say, ‘
This is the unelected and increasingly assertive class that populates our federal bureaucracies and substitutes rule by regulation for the rule of law.
More than a few sympathize with Vladimir Putin’s blend of assertive nationalism, moral traditionalism and anti-Islamic zeal.
There are around 50,000 American troops stationed in Japan, a powerful deterrent against the rising threat of North Korea, and an increasingly assertive China.
And the moderators eschewed the minimalist approach by Lester Holt of NBC in the first debate, who was less assertive and often remained silent for minutes at a time.
The movie, based on a novel by Avery Corman, reflected the feminist struggles of the period, and Ms. Streep didn’t shy away from playing Joanna as an angry, self-assertive woman.
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Origin and Etymology of assertive
First Known Use: circa 1619
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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