resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof; alleged:
the -sserted value of the property was twice the amount anyone offered.
to state with -ssurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver:
he -sserted his innocence of the crime.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate:
to -ssert a first cause as necessary.
-ssert oneself, to insist on one’s rights, declare one’s views forcefully, etc.:
the candidate finally -sserted himself about property taxes.
contemporary examples

my point is that one man was arrested—not every tea party member, as nye -sserted.
democrats have maxed out the race card ron christie december 16, 2013

according to the transcriber, kerry “-sserted that [qatar’s prime minister] was preaching to the converted.”
a one-sided house hearing against palestinian reconciliation zaid jilani february 4, 2013

and third, general dempsey was right when he -sserted that iran is a rational actor.
why obama won’t back a strike on iran andrew bast february 25, 2012

because, mich-lle -sserted, presidents can have the wisest advisers in the world.
mich-lle obama’s iron fist, velvet glove convention speech mich-lle cottle september 4, 2012

the former news of the world journalist paul mcmullan -sserted openly that his bosses had been well aware of the hacking.
guardian journalist gives testimony on hacking scandal william underhill november 28, 2011

historical examples

it was also -sserted that the commissioners had recognised him as the chaplain of the asylum.
norfolk annals charles mackie

“i like i should live always by mine own place,” -sserted mrs. kukor.
the rich little poor boy eleanor gates

it is -sserted by all the chroniclers that the influence of the league (ligue) was most pernicious.
the history of prost-tution william w. sanger

“he never makes a mistake,” -sserted the bear king, stoutly.
the lost princess of oz l. frank baum

by this decision, he -sserted a court supremacy over parliament with respect to the validity of statutes.
our legal heritage, 5th ed. s. a. reilly

verb (transitive)
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 -ssertus, past participle of -sserere “claim, maintain, affirm” (see -ssertion). related: -sserted; -sserting. to -ssert oneself “stand up for one’s rights” is recorded from 1879.

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