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Syllabification: ag·gres·sive
Pronunciation: /əˈɡresiv

Definition of aggressive in English:


1Ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression: he’s very uncooperative and aggressive aggressive behavior
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.
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.



Example sentences
  • But that once it possessed such a capacity it would use it aggressively is hard to credit.
  • One grimaces fiercely as he aggressively points a gun into the camera lens.
  • Nevertheless, strong profit expectations have convinced Leahy to expand aggressively.


Example sentences
  • We all know that in some families, aggressiveness is, in effect, encouraged.
  • His aggressiveness and strength have been impressive, and he has shown a nasty disposition.
  • People who don't know him interpret his aggressiveness, boldness in a negative way.

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