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.
militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle.
assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion.
self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence.
1849, in the meaning defined above
“Self-assertive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-assertive. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.
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