self-as·​ser·​tive ˌself-ə-ˈsər-tiv How to pronounce self-assertive (audio)
: given to or characterized by self-assertion
self-assertively adverb
self-assertiveness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for self-assertive

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

Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-assertive was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Self-assertive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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