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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aggressive mean? 

AGGRESSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective AGGRESSIVE has 3 senses:

1. having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
2. tending to spread quickly
3. characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

  Familiarity information: AGGRESSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

AGGRESSIVE (adjective)

Sense 1aggressive [BACK TO TOP]


Having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

Context examples:

an aggressive businessman / an aggressive basketball player / he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions / aggressive drivers


assertive; self-asserting; self-assertive (confidently aggressive)

truculent (defiantly aggressive)

scrappy (full of fighting spirit)

pugnacious; rough (ready and able to resort to force or violence)

predatory; rapacious; raptorial; ravening; vulturine; vulturous (living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey)

obstreperous (boisterously and noisily aggressive)

in-your-face (blatantly aggressive)

hostile (unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business))

hard-hitting; high-pressure (aggressively and persistently persuasive)

competitive; militant (showing a fighting disposition)

battleful; bellicose; combative (having or showing a ready disposition to fight)


offensive (for the purpose of attack rather than defense)

hostile (characterized by enmity or ill will)

assertive (inclined to bold and confident assertion; aggressively self-assured)


unaggressive (not aggressive; not given to fighting or assertiveness)

Sense 2aggressive [BACK TO TOP]


Tending to spread quickly


fast-growing; strong-growing; aggressive

Context example:

an aggressive tumor


invasive (marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue)

Sense 3aggressive [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight


belligerent; aggressive

Context examples:

aggressive acts against another country / a belligerent tone


hostile (characterized by enmity or ill will)

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