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:
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.
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 […]