nonassertive

adjective
non·​as·​ser·​tive | \ˌnän-ə-ˈsər-tiv, -a-\

Definition of nonassertive 

: not assertive: such as

a : not disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior a quiet, nonassertive person/personality

b : having a subtle rather than a strong flavor or aroma Fresh pasta is delicate and absorbs sauce more readily than dried, so it works best with a light, nonassertive sauce.— Jane Brody

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Other Words from nonassertive

nonassertively adverb
nonassertiveness noun

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Those who saw an assertive ad chose to allocate $7 of the gift card to the brand on average, compared with $14 for those who saw a nonassertive ad. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Danger of Assertive Advertising," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonassertive

1869, in the meaning defined above

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