Definition of combative in English:

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combative

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmbətɪv/
/ˈkʌmbətɪv/

adjective

Ready or eager to fight or argue: he made some enemies with his combative style
More example sentences
  • This combative style is not surprising given her background.
  • Even many who sympathize with his concerns find his combative style haughty and unforgiving.
  • Now 27, his combative style has become crucial to Leeds United's title challenge.
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combatively

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmbətɪvli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • It also ensures that inveterate political opponents have a reliable forum in which they can engage safely and combatively with each other.
  • Interestingly, the first season puts a strong focus on the relationship between father Howard and son Ritchie, the two working cooperatively and sometimes combatively through the ups and downs of teenage life.
  • This is followed by a narrative poem which combatively asserts the central role played by women (Eve, the Virgin Mary, Pilate's wife, the daughters of Jerusalem) in the Christian tradition.

combativeness

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmbətɪvnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Its combativeness, its hostility to everything it perceives as a threat, works against it here.
  • Age may have withered his speed, but his combativeness remains undimmed.
  • But, in the end, the combativeness that stood him in such good stead as a politician cost him the job he loves, leaving him both personally and professionally bereft.
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