combative

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adjective com·bat·ive \ kəm-ˈba-tiv \

Definition of combative

:marked by eagerness to fight or contend

combatively

adverb

combativeness

noun

Examples of combative in a Sentence

  1. When the police tried to arrest him, he became combative.

  2. channeling his naturally combative impulses into sports

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First Known Use of combative

1826


COMBATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

combative

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adjective

Definition of combative for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing a willingness to fight or argue



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