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

Definition of unassertive

: not assertive : modest, shy

Other Words from unassertive

unassertively adverb

Examples of unassertive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a time, Patterson’s play-it-down-the-middle approach feels less like the remembrances of a Renaissance man and more like evasive, unassertive hedging. Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 The sun, only rarely in evidence behind gray clouds, set quickly and bade us an unassertive farewell. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2022 My own thoughts have been along the line of weak, unassertive, super humble and timid. Glenna Christensen, idahostatesman, 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, 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unassertive

1861, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2022

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“Unassertive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unassertive. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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