characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing:
aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive:
an aggressive basketball player.
vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness:
an aggressive salesperson.
boldly assertive and forward; pushy:
an aggressive driver.
emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income:
an aggressive mutual fund.
(of a disease or tumor) spreading rapidly or highly invasive; difficult or impossible to treat successfully.
pertaining to a risky surgery or treatment, or to a medication that has grave side effects:
Presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson wore their aggressiveness as a badge of honor.
The Upside of Bullying Niall Stanage February 22, 2010
And the Gulf is just one front with Iran while on others increasing Iranian aggressiveness worries U.S. military commanders.
Shocking Gulf Firefight Caught on Tape Michael Adler July 4, 2011
Nothing compares to the lack of transparency, and the aggressiveness of this administration.
Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS? Lloyd Grove October 28, 2014
It serves us well in our home city, but perhaps gives us an unwanted air of paranoia and aggressiveness in, say, Hailey, Idaho.
The Aurora Shooting Made One Prominent Hollywood Producer Too Scared to Go to The Multiplex Rick Schwartz August 25, 2012
The percept has an aggressiveness which does not belong to the image.
The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
His boldness and aggressiveness were unique in the history of Indian warfare.
The Indian Today Charles A. Eastman
Nevertheless, while he had gained in diplomacy, he had relaxed no whit in aggressiveness.
Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager Burt L. Standish
Now her stinging tongue was dumb, and there was no aggressiveness in her manner.
‘Me-Smith’ Caroline Lockhart
There was aggressiveness about the engines and the smell of the raw cotton.
From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
Madame’s husband instantly showed a diminution of aggressiveness.
Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
quarrelsome or belligerent: an aggressive remark
assertive; vigorous: an aggressive business executive
1791, from Latin aggress-, past participle stem of aggredi (see aggression) + -ive. In psychological use from 1913, first in translations of Freud. Related: Aggressively; aggressiveness.
aggressive ag·gres·sive (ə-grěs’ĭv)
Inclined to behave in a hostile fashion.
Tending to spread quickly, as a tumor; fast-growing.
characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country. making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player. vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson. boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive […]
a person, group, or nation that attacks first or initiates hostilities; an assailant or invader. Contemporary Examples When passions are enflamed, people will be less willing to sit down and negotiate with someone they view as an aggressor. Venezuela Burns, Body Count Rises Juan Nagel March 15, 2014 Davis begins the film, punched by an […]
to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice. to afflict with pain, anxiety, etc. Historical Examples No natives know so well how to aggrieve and be unpleasant to travellers. In Darkest Africa, Vol. 2; or, The quest, rescue and retreat of Emin, governor of Equatoria Henry Morton Stanley The mighty mother cannot find it in […]
wronged, offended, or injured: He felt himself aggrieved. Law. deprived of legal rights or claims. troubled; worried; disturbed; unhappy. to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice. to afflict with pain, anxiety, etc. Contemporary Examples John definitely did, and in the 1970s wrote an aggrieved, whiny book making the claim. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of […]
to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice. to afflict with pain, anxiety, etc. Historical Examples “I did think you would have helped me, Bunny,” Delushy cried, with aggrievement. The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore There was a tone of injury and aggrievement in his talk of the bear’s ingratitude. Eben Holden Irving Bacheller […]