Definition of assertive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsərdiv/


Having or showing a confident and forceful personality: patients should be more assertive with their doctors
More example sentences
  • On top of abuse, midwives also face a far more assertive and confident middle class mother than they did even 15 years ago.
  • I have become more assertive and self assured, and have found strengths within myself which I did not know existed.
  • They reported increased confidence in being more assertive with patients.
confident, self-confident, bold, decisive, assured, self-assured, self-possessed, forthright, firm, emphatic;
authoritative, strong-willed, forceful, insistent, determined, commanding
informal feisty, pushy



Pronunciation: /əˈsərdivlē/
Example sentences
  • I raised my voice and assertively directed him to move.
  • Rather than getting into a shouting match, he recommends taking three deep breaths, changing your environment or making your point assertively but calmly.
  • The hostility-reduction intervention included teaching them skills for expressing anger more appropriately and more assertively.

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Syllabification: as·ser·tive

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