Definition of combative
: marked by eagerness to fight or contend
Examples of combative in a Sentence
When the police tried to arrest him, he became combative.
channeling his naturally combative impulses into sports
Recent Examples of combative from the Web
A car, especially one with tinted windows, affords anonymity, which frees the driver to discard bonds of civility and act upon his or her combative, survival-of-the-fittest instincts.
But Trump has taken a decidedly combative tone toward the EU, such as using Twitter to spark a public spat over trade with Germany, the EU's most influential member.
A former Trump surrogate and press aide known for his combative style has joined the list of Trump associates who've been contacted by investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. election.
And in order for Americans to unite in this combative political climate, Biden stressed the importance of trying to understand one another.
In the Middle East, a more conciliatory Trump praised prospects for new peace talks; during a more combative visit to Brussels, Trump demanded changes to the U.S. financial relationship with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Joseph remained combative, striking officers, grabbing their chests, arms and throat areas.
Kehe: Their relationship is suddenly extremely combativelike,can Maggie-Jim still happen?
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Definition of combative for English Language Learners
: having or showing a willingness to fight or argue
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