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
Playing at the midfield base of Ralph Hasenhüttl's imaginative 4-2-2-2 system, the 22-year-old Keita was at the heart of everything good for Leipzig last season, combining a combative and rugged defensive style with attacking skill and impetus.
The feuding cousins are extremely combative, making statements so cruel and yet ironic that the audience can't help but laugh while being fearful that the cousins won't start to physically beat each other.
Meanwhile, the Girls Trip gang of four are just raunchy and combative entertainers.
Brian Encinia was the only officer charged after Bland was arrested near Houston for assault following a combative exchange with Encinia.
The customer was combative and fought with the deputy.
While the vast majority of demonstrators are peaceful, a combative and violent minority have been clashing with police.
Were fast, funny, combative, and hugely entertaining.
The man reportedly became combative and began banging his head against the plastic partition in the patrol car and spitting blood at medical responders.
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Definition of combative for English Language Learners
: having or showing a willingness to fight or argue
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