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
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.
Putin was combative when asked in the NBC interview about hacking in the U.S. presidential election and relations between Russia and President Donald Trump's team.
As part of the White House’s efforts to recalibrate, Sanders is taking on a more visible role at daily briefings instead of press secretary Sean Spicer, who has gained national celebrity for his often combative interactions with reporters.
Merrell got out of the car when the second trooper arrived and became combative — at one point wrapping her arms around the window pillars to resist.
On the same date, the combative collab began its eight-week command on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
During the drive, which would take more than an hour, Robinson became combative and paranoid.
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Definition of combative for English Language Learners
: having or showing a willingness to fight or argue
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