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- n. the state of being combative
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being combative; propensity to contend or to quarrel.
- n. A cranial development supposed to indicate a combative disposition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or quality of being combative; disposition to contend or fight; pugnacity. By phrenologists the word is used to designate one of the propensities. See cut under phrenology.
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- n. a militant aggressiveness
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By taking away what the phrenologists call combativeness, we could doubtless stop prize-fight, but we might have a springless society.
Do avoid the negative expression of the Warrior energy, such as combativeness and impulsiveness.
The inference from this characteristic, that he possessed what phrenologists used to call "combativeness," is not unavoidable, though such was the fact.
A hot and impulsive temper was checked by the reflection that it was beneath the dignity of human nature to allow a rush of blood to the organs of "combativeness" and
Back in April, this kind of combativeness was new for Goldman.
The law-enforcement agencies suffer from a lack of combativeness.
Given Scalia's temperament, conservatives may want to be careful arguing that assertiveness/combativeness automatically disqualifies Supreme Court nominees.
Nearly halfway into his first season as Mets manager, Collins has demonstrated the outward passion, energy and at times combativeness that he is known for.
Disappointed with the current president's seeming lack of combativeness, they recall fondly a man who was never above getting his hands dirty in the rough and tumble of our nation's capital.
For his part, Griffin told the New York Times in July that he meant that booking guests for Uygur's show had become increasingly difficult because guests were put off by Uygur's style and combativeness.