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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Robinson got better and more assertive as the season unfolded. Tim Layden, SI.com, "The Transfer Story of Michigan's Duncan Robinson Is Not Your Average One," 29 Mar. 2018 In other words, there’s an assertive, active image of living alone and there’s a sad, passive image of living alone. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "The Benefits of Spinsterhood," 20 June 2018 In other words, there’s an assertive, active image of living alone and there’s a sad, passive image of living alone. Ashley Fetters, Curbed, "Living alone and liking it," 20 June 2018 In one study, Brewer found that doctors could increase vaccination rates simply by limiting their discussion of the HPV vaccine to brief, assertive statements. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "People can't be educated into vaccinations, but behavioral nudges help, study finds," 5 Apr. 2018 And as the president becomes increasingly mercurial and assertive, that’s not at all certain. Dara Lind, Vox, "There is always a Trump tweet, chiefs of staff edition," 8 Dec. 2018 Taiwan has diplomatic relations with several Pacific island states, but China has been increasingly assertive in luring Taipei’s diplomatic partners into Beijing’s camp over recent years. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "U.S., China Clash Over Trade, Security at Pacific Summit," 17 Nov. 2018 For people who are already assertive, this exercise probably seems a little ridiculous. Kristin Wong, The Cut, "A Beginner’s Guide to Being Blunt," 24 Jan. 2018 Photo courtesy of Ray Eschert Developers should expect South Charlotte Partners to be more involved — and more assertive about asking for changes or infrastructure investments — early in the rezoning process. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "A new group is pushing for better roads, more spending in a booming part of Charlotte," 7 June 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 How to pronounce assertive (audio) \

Kids Definition of assertive

: having a bold or confident manner an assertive attitude

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