un·​as·​ser·​tive | \ ˌən-ə-ˈsər-tiv How to pronounce unassertive (audio) \

Definition of unassertive

: not assertive : modest, shy

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unassertively adverb

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My own thoughts have been along the line of weak, unassertive, super humble and timid. Glenna Christensen, idahostatesman, "True meekness requires self-mastery and strength, and doesn't equate to weakness," 14 June 2018 Meryl Streep stars as Post owner Katherine Graham, an unassertive socialite who normally follows the journalistic lead of her editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks, playing it too cute). John Powers, Vogue, "The 7 Holiday Movies You Definitely Should Not Miss," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unassertive

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unassertive was in 1861

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English Language Learners Definition of unassertive

: not talking or behaving in a loud and confident way : not assertive

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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