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COMBATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does combative mean? 

COMBATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective COMBATIVE has 3 senses:

1. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
2. striving to overcome in argument
3. having or showing a ready disposition to fight

  Familiarity information: COMBATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMBATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1combative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits

Synonyms:

combative; contentious; disputatious; disputative; litigious

Context examples:

a style described as abrasive and contentious / a disputatious lawyer / a litigious and acrimonious spirit

Similar:

argumentative (given to or characterized by argument)


Sense 2combative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Striving to overcome in argument

Synonyms:

agonistical; combative; agonistic

Context example:

a dialectical and agonistic approach

Similar:

competitive; competitory (involving competition or competitiveness)


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Meaning:

Having or showing a ready disposition to fight

Synonyms:

battleful; bellicose; combative

Context examples:

bellicose young officers / a combative impulse / a contentious nature

Similar:

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


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