assertive [uh-sur-tiv] SynonymsExamplesWord Originadjective
- confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman.
- 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 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.
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.
March 17, 2014
He would recognize the angry, assertive tone of comments on web articles as the exact same tendency he identified in 1929.
January 5, 2014
Instead they were becoming an assertive voice on the streets, and also online, for their rights.
March 30, 2013
When a shy person decides to be assertive, they go over the top.
November 15, 2012
Historical Examples of assertive
This assertive Briton has no desire to lose identity in “Brahm.”
Carson Jay Lee
He was a slender fellow with close-clipped, assertive red hair.
There was in them something else, or more, than the assertive grossness of life.
His paganism would be too assertive; it might even be in bad taste.
E. M. Forster
He irritated the older men by his assertive manner, and his cocksureness.
David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for assertive assertive adjective
- confident and direct in claiming one’s rights or putting forward one’s views
- given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive
Derived Formsassertively, adverbassertiveness, noun Word Origin and History for assertive adj.