aggressive
adjective Date: 1824 1. a. tending toward or exhibiting aggression <
aggressive behavior
>
b. marked by combative readiness <
an aggressive fighter
>
2. a. marked by obtrusive energy b. marked by driving forceful energy or initiative ; enterprising <
an aggressive salesman
>
3. strong or emphatic in effect or intent <
aggressive colors
>
<
aggressive flavors
>
4. growing, developing, or spreading rapidly <
aggressive bone tumors
>
5. more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent <
aggressive chemotherapy
>
aggressively adverbaggressiveness nounaggressivity noun Synonyms: aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends <
was taught to be aggressive in his business dealings
>
. militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle <
militant protesters held a rally against racism
>
. assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion <
the more assertive speakers dominated the forum
>
. self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence <
a self-assertive young executive climbing the corporate ladder
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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