[ey-zhuh n, ey-shuh n] /ˈeɪ ʒən, ˈeɪ ʃən/
of, belonging to, or characteristic of or its inhabitants.
a native or inhabitant of , or a person of Asian descent.
of or relating to Asia or to any of its peoples or languages
(Brit) of or relating to natives of the Indian subcontinent or any of their descendants, esp when living in Britain
a native or inhabitant of Asia or a descendant of one
(Brit) a native of the Indian subcontinent or a descendant of one
late 14c., “inhabitant of Asia (Minor),” from Latin Asianus (adjective and noun, “belonging to the province of Asia;” “an inhabitant of Asia”), from Greek Asianos, from Asia (see Asia). Ousted Asiatic as the preferred term in Britain c.1950.
The term “Asiatic” has come to be regarded with disfavour by those to whom it is applied, and they feel entitled to be brought into line with usage in regard to Europeans, Americans and Australians. [“Times Literary Supplement,” Feb. 6, 1953]
As an adjective in English, by 1690s.
[uh-sur-shuh n] /əˈsɜr ʃən/ noun 1. a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason: a mere assertion; an unwarranted assertion. 2. an act of . /əˈsɜːʃən/ noun 1. a positive statement, usually made without an attempt at furnishing evidence 2. the act of asserting n. early 15c., assercioun, from Middle French assertion (14c.) […]
[uh-sur-tiv] /əˈsɜr tɪv/ adjective 1. confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive: aggressive; dogmatic: He is too assertive as a salesman. 2. having a distinctive or pronounced taste or aroma. /əˈsɜːtɪv/ adjective 1. confident and direct in claiming one’s rights or putting forward one’s views 2. given to making assertions or bold demands; dogmatic or aggressive adj. […]
[non-uh-ses-uh-buh l] /ˌnɒn əˈsɛs ə bəl/ adjective 1. (of stock) exempting the investor from any expense or liability beyond the amount of his or her investment.
[uh-sahy-nuh-buh l] /əˈsaɪ nə bəl/ adjective 1. capable of being specified: The word has no assignable meaning in our language. 2. capable of being attributed: This work is assignable to a 12th-century poet. 3. Law. capable of being .