from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not assertive; reserved.
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- adj. Not assertive
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence
They're characterized as unassertive, over-patient, avoiding conflict.
A magistrate's impatience with an "unassertive" public prosecutor led to a successful review application and the setting aside of a 10-year sentence for rape in the Pietermaritzburg
In recording the mutation of the term "passive voice", I've been focusing on the way that the word passive has gradually lost its technical grammatical meaning, and taken on a sense crystallizing around notions of passive as "unassertive", "lacking in force",
Also, they were laughing and merry eyes, within them much of the naivete and wonder of the child; and yet, in an unassertive way, they contained much of calm self-reliance and strength of purpose founded upon self-experience and experience of the world.
Also, they were laughing and merry eyes, within them much of the naivete and wonder of the child; and yet, in an unassertive way. they contained much of calm self-reliance and strength of purpose founded upon self-experience and experience of the world.
With them, Gough receded into himself, and the result was unassertive indie-jangle in a Lightning Seeds vein.
Written and directed by Adam Rapp, starring Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrel, Ed Harris, and Amelia Warner, “Winter Passing” is a film whose unassertive, low key existence continually enthralls me.
Sheila, who he remembered as dark, slender, plain and unassertive, now seemed fuller and prettier, or at least blonder with more prominent lips or lipstick he couldn't tell which.
He was totally unassertive, always reluctant to put himself forward.
The Case-thing growled at the new, smaller thing and the small-thing backed away, also growling but very low in his throat, unassertive.
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