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  • adj. Not assertive.

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  • adj. not aggressively self-assured, though not necessarily lacking in confidence


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non- +‎ assertive


  • Although otherwise accomplished individuals, Steinbrenner's victims were submissive and nonassertive.

    Roger I. Abrams: Steinbrenner Was a Bully

  • If he were to win the Presidency and essentially be as nonassertive and bland as his campaign (which I think his platform portends) everyone whose hopes were raised by his candidacy will be completely disheartened.

    Obama: Hope And Change Are "The Causes Of My Life"

  • Belinda, a bright and attractive young woman employed at a small advertising firm, presented for therapy with a rather unusual complaint: Her bosses had rated her “nonassertive” on a performance evaluation and, out of “concern for her emotional well-being,” had recommended that she seek psychotherapy.

    Why is it Always About You?

  • At a beginning level trainees are encouraged to use the personal pronoun “I” in stating a request or denial, rather than the impersonal phrasings typically employed by the nonassertive person.

    Planned Short-Term Treatment

  • Clients are instructed to observe and record in a notebook the assertive, nonassertive, and aggressive actions they encounter among their friends and associates.

    Planned Short-Term Treatment

  • This case illustrates how the development of an individualized hierarchy for each client guards against a common clinical error in working with the nonassertive.

    Planned Short-Term Treatment

  • He regarded Schlegel as one of those young, nonaggressive, nonassertive women who was living a life of obscurity, who had survived by embracing a belief that the key to coping lay in not being visible.

    The Piano Teacher

  • You are currently handling the situation in a nonassertive manner.

    Control Your Depression

  • A 0 rating indicates a totally unsatisfactory performance you were completely uncomfortable, or you were com pletely nonassertive.

    Control Your Depression

  • You may have a long history of being very nonassertive.

    Control Your Depression


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