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ASSERTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assertive mean? 

ASSERTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ASSERTIVE has 2 senses:

1. inclined to bold and confident assertion; aggressively self-assured
2. confidently aggressive

  Familiarity information: ASSERTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASSERTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1assertive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inclined to bold and confident assertion; aggressively self-assured

Context examples:

an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue / pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act

Similar:

cocky (overly self-confident or self-assertive)

emphatic; forceful (forceful and definite in expression or action)

Also:

aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)

imperative (requiring attention or action)

Antonym:

unassertive (inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence)


Sense 2assertive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confidently aggressive

Synonyms:

self-asserting; self-assertive; assertive

Context examples:

too assertive as a salesman / his self-assertive and unflagging energy

Similar:

aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)


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