self-as·ser·tive | \ˌself-ə-ˈsər-tiv \

Definition of self-assertive 

: given to or characterized by self-assertion

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self-assertively adverb
self-assertiveness noun

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aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of self-assertive

: very confident and willing to express opinions

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to teach someone the beliefs of a group

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