to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver:
He asserted his innocence of the crime.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate:
to assert a first cause as necessary.
assert oneself, to insist on one’s rights, declare one’s views forcefully, etc.:
The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
The desire to assert oneself is no less powerful, in the social interplay, than the impulse to submission.
Introduction to the Science of Sociology Robert E. Park
How is one to intimidate, persuade, resist, assert oneself against them?
Victory Joseph Conrad
One had to say something if only to assert oneself against that wearisome, passionless and crushing uproar.
Chance Joseph Conrad
It may be needful, on occasion, to assert oneself, or at least one’s authority; but it is difficult to do it without sin.
Expositor’s Bible: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians James Denney
At my age,” she straightened herself proudly, “one must assert oneself!
The Love Affairs of Pixie Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
I believe in such a place as London unless one has resolution to assert oneself people think one is a sort of shadow.
The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
To exist is to assert oneself, to affirm oneself, to love oneself; he to whom life is a burthen rids himself of it.
The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
c.1600, “declare,” from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere “claim, maintain, affirm” (see assertion). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself “stand up for one’s rights” is recorded from 1879.
noun an assertion, statement of opinion Examples We were bewildered at his assertation that the economy is thriving.
resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof; alleged: The asserted value of the property was twice the amount anyone offered. to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver: He asserted his innocence of the crime. to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.). to state as having […]
a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason: a mere assertion; an unwarranted assertion. an act of . Contemporary Examples How does the assertion that the monarch rules “by the grace of Almighty God” square with the Trades Descriptions Act? Feminism Doesn’t Fit the Monarchy Andrew Roberts October 28, 2011 The assertion by […]
confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman. having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma. Contemporary Examples It tells me we need more women, and men, to raise their girls the way my parents raised me: to be assertive, confident and proud. Sheryl Sandberg’s Got a Bigger Problem […]