non·​as·​ser·​tive ˌnän-ə-ˈsər-tiv How to pronounce nonassertive (audio)
: not assertive: such as
: not disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior
a quiet, nonassertive person/personality
: 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
nonassertively adverb
nonassertiveness noun

Examples of nonassertive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People who knew Zhang described him to police as a nonassertive man who avoided conflict and typically acquiesced to his wife. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 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, 16 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonassertive was in 1869

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“Nonassertive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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