assertive Definition

having or showing a confident and forceful personality.

Using assertive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "assertive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was very assertive during the meeting and made sure her ideas were heard.

  • Example

    He has an assertive personality that makes him a natural leader.

  • Example

    Being assertive can help you stand up for yourself and communicate your needs effectively.

assertive Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for assertive

Antonyms for assertive

Phrases with assertive

  • behavior that involves confidently expressing one's opinions and needs while respecting the opinions and needs of others


    Assertive behavior is important in both personal and professional relationships.

  • assertive communication

    communication that involves expressing oneself in a clear, direct, and respectful manner


    Learning how to use assertive communication can help improve your relationships and reduce conflict.

  • passive-aggressive

    a type of behavior that appears passive on the surface but is actually characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others


    Her passive-aggressive behavior made it difficult to have an open and honest conversation with her.

Origins of assertive

from Latin 'assertus', meaning 'to claim'


Summary: assertive in Brief

'Assertive' [əˈsɜːtɪv] describes someone who has a confident and forceful personality. It is often used to describe people who are good at standing up for themselves and communicating their needs effectively. Phrases like 'assertive behavior' and 'assertive communication' refer to specific ways of expressing oneself in a clear, direct, and respectful manner. Antonyms include 'timid' and 'submissive,' while informal synonyms include 'bossy' and 'pushy.'

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