over·​as·​ser·​tive ˌō-vər-ə-ˈsər-tiv How to pronounce overassertive (audio)
: too assertive : too aggressively forceful or dominant
an overassertive and domineering individual
… it might seem overassertive … to appear to be dictating a form of government to other countries, especially while invading one of their neighbors.Nicholas Lemann
… the bacon contributed its smoky flavor without being overassertiveAngelique Bamberg and Jason Roth

Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overassertive was in 1887

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“Overassertive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overassertive. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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