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[kuh m-bat-iv, kom-buh-tiv, kuhm-] /kəmˈbæt ɪv, ˈkɒm bə tɪv, ˈkʌm-/

ready or inclined to fight; pugnacious:
He displayed a most unpleasant, combative attitude.
/ˈkɒmbətɪv; ˈkʌm-/
eager or ready to fight, argue, etc; aggressive

1819, from combat + -ive. In 1820s-30s, much associated with phrenology. Related: Combatively; combativeness (1815).


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