adjective self–as·ser·tive \-ˈsər-tiv\

: very confident and willing to express opinions

Full Definition of SELF-ASSERTIVE

:  given to or characterized by self-assertion
self–as·ser·tive·ly adverb
self–as·ser·tive·ness noun

First Known Use of SELF-ASSERTIVE


Synonym Discussion of SELF-ASSERTIVE

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends <aggressive in his business dealings>. militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle <militant protesters rallied against the new law>. assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion <the more assertive speakers dominated the forum>. self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence <a self-assertive young upstart>.


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