Definitions

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

Etymologies

un- +‎ assertive (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They're characterized as unassertive, over-patient, avoiding conflict.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2005

  • 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

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 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",

    Oz and Ends

  • 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.

    All Gold Cañon

  • 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.

    All Gold Canon

  • With them, Gough receded into himself, and the result was unassertive indie-jangle in a Lightning Seeds vein.

    Badly Drawn Boy - review

  • 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.

    Overlooked Movie Monday: Winter Passing » Scene-Stealers

  •           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.

    After the Alamo

  • He was totally unassertive, always reluctant to put himself forward.

    Empire of Dreams

  • The Case-thing growled at the new, smaller thing and the small-thing backed away, also growling but very low in his throat, unassertive.

    Blood Lite II: Overbite

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