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1 having or showing a bold forcefulness in the pursuit of a goal
  • we need to hire self-assertive salespeople who don't require constant supervision

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2 having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
  • after the interview, we chose a less self-assertive and more self-effacing applicant

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How does the adjective self-assertive contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of self-assertive are aggressive, assertive, and militant. While all these words mean "obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals," self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence.

a self-assertive young upstart

When would aggressive be a good substitute for self-assertive?

The words aggressive and self-assertive can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When could assertive be used to replace self-assertive?

In some situations, the words assertive and self-assertive are roughly equivalent. However, assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion.

the more assertive speakers dominated the forum

When is it sensible to use militant instead of self-assertive?

The synonyms militant and self-assertive are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

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The first known use of self-assertive was in 1849

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“Self-assertive.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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