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Line breaks: as¦sert|ive
Pronunciation: /əˈsəːtɪv

Definition of assertive in English:


Having or showing a confident and forceful personality: the job may call for assertive behaviour
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, forceful, self-confident, positive, bold, decisive, assured, self-assured, self-possessed, believing in oneself, self-assertive, authoritative, strong-willed, insistent, firm, determined, commanding, bullish, dominant, domineering, assaultive
informal feisty, not backward in coming forward, pushy
rare pushful



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.


Example sentences
  • It's about assertiveness and confidence building, not just lifting weights.
  • It is a reflection and measure of growing confidence and assertiveness of the lesbian and gay communities.
  • The assertiveness required of a self-respecting man was frowned on in slaves and women.

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