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

nonassertively

adverb

nonassertiveness

noun

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1869

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