assertive [uh-sur-tiv] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for assertive on adjective

  1. confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman.
  2. having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma.

Origin of assertive First recorded in 1555–65; assert + -ive Related formsas·ser·tive·ly, adverbas·ser·tive·ness, nounnon·as·ser·tive, adjectivenon·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbnon·as·ser·tive·ness, nouno·ver·as·ser·tive, adjectiveo·ver·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·as·ser·tive·ness, nounpseu·do·as·ser·tive, adjectivepseu·do·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbun·as·ser·tive, adjectiveun·as·ser·tive·ly, adverbun·as·ser·tive·ness, nounSynonyms for assertive See more synonyms for on 1. forceful, decisive, forward. Related Words for assertive self-assured, self-confident, pushy, forceful, confident, insistent, decisive, emphatic, absolute, assured, certain, decided, demanding, dogmatic, domineering, firm, forward, militant, overbearing, positive Examples from the Web for assertive Contemporary Examples of assertive

  • And, in all fairness to Lady Gaga, any singer who matches up with Tony Bennett needs to get loud and assertive.

    Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?

    Ted Gioia

    September 22, 2014

  • It tells me we need more women, and men, to raise their girls the way my parents raised me: to be assertive, confident and proud.

    Sheryl Sandberg’s Got a Bigger Problem Than Bossy-Gate

    Keli Goff

    March 17, 2014

  • He would recognize the angry, assertive tone of comments on web articles as the exact same tendency he identified in 1929.

    The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929

    Ted Gioia

    January 5, 2014

  • Instead they were becoming an assertive voice on the streets, and also online, for their rights.

    Principal Murdered in Pakistan: Latest Assault on Girls’ Schooling

    Gordon Brown

    March 30, 2013

  • When a shy person decides to be assertive, they go over the top.

    All Novels Are Spy Novels: Ian McEwan Talks ‘Sweet Tooth’ and His Life

    Maya Jaggi

    November 15, 2012

  • Historical Examples of assertive

  • This assertive Briton has no desire to lose identity in “Brahm.”

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • He was a slender fellow with close-clipped, assertive red hair.

    The Arena


  • There was in them something else, or more, than the assertive grossness of life.

    The House of Pride

    Jack London

  • His paganism would be too assertive; it might even be in bad taste.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • He irritated the older men by his assertive manner, and his cocksureness.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • British Dictionary definitions for assertive assertive adjective

    1. confident and direct in claiming one’s rights or putting forward one’s views
    2. given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive

    Derived Formsassertively, adverbassertiveness, noun Word Origin and History for assertive adj.

    1560s, “declaratory, positive, full of assertion,” from assert + -ive. Meaning “insisting on one’s rights” is short for self-assertive (1865).

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