Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined to bold or confident assertion; aggressively self-assured.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. boldly self-assured; confident without being aggressive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Positive; affirming confidently; affirmative; peremptory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Positive; dogmatic; affirming confidently; peremptory; affirmative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. aggressively self-assured

Etymologies

assert +‎ -ive (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In its annual defense white paper, released Tuesday, the Japanese government for the first time used the word "assertive" in describing China's behavior toward its neighbors.

    Japan Arrests Chinese Fishing Captains

  • Patterson seems like a decent fellow, but lacking in assertive leadership skills.

    Matthew Yglesias » New York Needs a Senator!

  • Billups was assertive from the start, instead of deferring to teammates as he usually does early in games.

    USATODAY.com - Basketball - Chicago vs. Detroit

  • The future figures for July will prove if it's a question of "personal appeal" orchestrated by an "assertive" -- let's be euphmistic -- ad campaign ... or voters who are looking critically at the platform of the candidate and how he's changed it.

    Poll: Obama Pulls Into Narrow Lead In Nevada

  • Being assertive is saying, politely but firmly “I don’t like that.”

    Aggressive or Assertive? « Awful Library Books

  • There are three things that Democrats absolutely don't understand about the notion of assertive leadership.

    The Perils of Passivity

  • Predictions and counterfactual assertions are advanced conditioned by the assumption that no other exogenous causal factors intervene; that is, the assertive content of the hypothesis is that the economic processes under analysis will unfold in the described manner absent intervening causal factors.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Although I'm sure she thinks that is just some sexist pig not thinking women can be powerful and assertive, which is bullshit....women can be both of those things, but she is still plain bitchy.

    Herd Leaves Race, Endorses Dale Mallory

  • He's also assertive, which is useful, and generous, which is also useful.

    Teamwork, Part I

  • Any talking done around the setting up of consequences should be minimal and respectful in tone—in other words, assertive.

    Whining

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