Definition of aggressive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈɡresiv/


1Ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression: he’s very uncooperative and aggressive aggressive behavior
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  • He added that it was only a minority of drinkers causing the violent and aggressive behaviour.
  • She had found it very difficult to manage his behaviour as he was aggressive and violent towards him.
  • Anonymous comments are more likely to be aggressive, disruptive or even dishonest.
hostile, belligerent, bellicose, antagonistic, truculent;
pugnacious, combative, two-fisted, violent;
quarrelsome, argumentative
warmongering, warlike, warring, belligerent, bellicose, hawkish, militaristic;
offensive, expansionist
1.1Pursuing one’s aims and interests forcefully, sometimes unduly so: an aggressive businessman
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  • I think Brian had an aggressive strategy and it really did pay off big time.
  • With our very aggressive strategy, running sixth on the road was a disaster.
  • P&G has made an aggressive push into the women's beauty business buying Clairol and Wella.
assertive, pushy, forceful, vigorous, energetic, dynamic;
bold, audacious
informal in-your-face, feisty
vulgar slang ass-kicking


Early 19th century: from Latin aggress- 'attacked' (from the verb aggredi) + -ive; compare with French agressif, -ive.

Words that rhyme with aggressive

compressive, concessive, degressive, depressive, digressive, excessive, expressive, impressive, obsessive, oppressive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, repressive, retrogressive, successive, transgressive

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Syllabification: ag·gres·sive

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