Definition of assaultive in English:


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1Tending or likely to commit an assault: they found that assaultive men had abusive parents
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  • The data revealed that there were 8,292 perpetrators who had committed more than 14,120 physical and psychological assaultive acts against mental health professionals.
  • Many people dismiss abusive behaviours in their homes as normal and do not recognize that assaultive actions are still criminal actions even when they occur in intimate relationships.
  • There are certain characteristics of societies which will encourage sexually assaultive behaviour directed against children.
1.1Aggressive or forcefully assertive: his loud, assaultive playing style can leave you cowering
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  • Playing huge stadiums meant performing the assaultive, theatrical music that would fill and rock those stadiums.
  • But it feels, somehow, more appealing and less assaultive.
  • His films bear a signature stamp of harshness and lyricism, and are curiously assaultive of their audience, inducing powerful dream-like states of joy and then violently undercutting them.

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