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  • In Birds and Beasts, Douglas compiles a witty assemblage of myths, anecdotes, literary asides and the occasional recipe, such as one for an appetizing ragout of wild boar served [with] a single non-assertive vegetable, an account that echoes his close friendship with food writer Elizabeth David.

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  • Mama, on the other hand, was a non-assuming, non-assertive woman, but, on this day, she openly disagreed with the good doctor.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom

  • Fiction is “hyper-assertive rather than non-assertive,” he said, able to make “stronger, more universalizable” claims than reliably “factual” discourses like history and philosophy.1

    The authority to comment

  • In a gentle and non-assertive way without any harassing motivations at all.

    Helmet Hair

  • ``Any'' occurs in non-assertive contexts, like negatives and conditionals.

    What if Hillary Clinton had to apologize for Bill?

  • This was a new kind of good news indeed, a way of thinking and speaking about the world was, well, non-assertive.

    Going With The Grain

  • One day I came across Stafford's book Allegiances and was at once taken with the way in which his quiet, non-assertive, meditative poems seemed to gather resonance as they moved forward.

    Toeing the Line

  • And I told Alex, I think it was, how I didn't think Jess and I could ever really get along because she was so assertive and I was so non-assertive (I'm not sure what the word is).

    superhero99 Diary Entry

  • If you play a game to avoid penalties, then you play a non-assertive game.

    NHL - National Hockey League - San Jose vs. Pittsburgh

  • Old Man Plumm was a non-assertive person, and good-natured.

    Scattergood Baines

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