assert

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assert assert to be true "The letter asserts a free society"
    • v assert to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true "Before God I swear I am innocent"
    • v assert state categorically
    • v assert insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized "Women should assert themselves more!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Assert To affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate. "Nothing is more shameful . . . than to assert anything to be done without a cause."
    • Assert To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties.
    • Assert To maintain; to defend. "That . . . I may assert Eternal Providence,
      And justify the ways of God to men."
      "I will assert it from the scandal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assert To bring (into freedom); set (free).
    • assert To vindicate, maintain, or defend by words or measures; support the cause or claims of; vindicate a claim or title to: now used only of immaterial objects or reflexively: as, to assert our rights and liberties; he asserted himself boldly.
    • assert To state as true; affirm; asseverate; aver; declare.
    • assert Syn. 2. Assert, Defend, Maintain, Vindicate, Assert supports a cause or claim aggressively: its meaning is well brought out in the expression, assert yourself; that is, make your influence felt. To defend is primarily to drive back assaults. To maintain is to hold up to the full amount, defending from diminution: as, to maintain the ancient customs, liberties, rights. To vindicate is to rescue, as from diminution, dishonor, or censure: as, to “vindicate the ways of God to man,”
    • assert Assert, Affirm, Declare, Aver, Asseverate (see declare), allege, protest, avow, lay down. (See protest.) Assert seems to expect doubt or contradiction of what one says. Affirm strengthens a statement by resting it upon one's reputation for knowledge or veracity: as, “she constantly affirmed that it was even so,” Acts xii. 15. Declare makes public, clear, or emphatic, especially against contradiction. Aver is positive and peremptory. Asseverate is positive and solemn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Assert as-sėrt′ to vindicate or defend by arguments or measures (now used only of the cause as object or reflexive): to declare strongly: to lay claim to or insist upon anything: to affirm:
    • v.t Assert as-sėrt′ (rare) to bear evidence of
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Quotations

  • Cal Le Mon
    Cal Le Mon
    “Assertiveness is not what you do, it's who you are!”
  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.”
  • William F. Buckley
    William F. Buckley
    “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
  • John Heywood
    John Heywood
    “The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; The happy man's without a shirt.”
  • Georg Hegel
    Georg%20Hegel
    “When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.”
  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “The Canadian spirit is cautious, observant and critical where the American is assertive.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. assertus, p. p. of asserere, to join or fasten to one's self, claim, maintain; ad, + serere, to join or bind together. See Series
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. asserĕre (superl. assertum), aliquem manu in libertatem, to lay hands on a slave in token of manumission, hence to protect, affirm, declare—ad, to, and serĕre, to join. Cf. Series.

Usage

In literature:

Dreadful, but true assertion.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
And he kissed her, asserting his will over her, and she kissed him back, asserting her deliberate enjoyment of him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It is asserted that this mode of capital punishment was first inflicted in 1241, on William Marise, pirate, and the son of a nobleman.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
The impartial historian will find in the Statutes an undisputable confirmation of my assertions.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
There were some who afterwards asserted that this was the Dean, but the Dean was never heard to boast of the performance.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
He who asserts it is a very bold speculator.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Where are the statistics to justify your assertion?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The two principles are merged in one, and the contradiction solved by an assertion of the identity of the contradictories.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
A dogmatic assertion, that the world is on the whole a scene of misery, may be pressed into the service of different philosophies.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Ladies had a different but equally doubtful mode of asserting their gentility.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
Hence, in listening to new music, we should beware of reckless assertions of personal preference.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
And this asserts that social well-being must be included in the final aim, for full and free individual development cannot appear without it.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Is it all that is necessary to assert: God will reward with heaven such as are faithful to the order?
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
But there are assertions which are subjects for proof or disproof, viz.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
They asserted that their treaty, by which they had sold their lands, had not been signed by the proper chiefs.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Indeed, I am inclined to believe the Germans when they assert that in case of war Germany would not be likely to invade Britain.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
Nor did even Doellinger, of whom Dr. Meyrick also asserts it, ever become an adherent of that movement.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Some, however, assert that that designation was imposed on the number thirty-six.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Dino could prove nothing against him: it would be assertion against assertion, that was all.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
If I were in your place, I should assert my authority.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
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In poetry:

In music making visible
One soul-assertive memory,
That steals unto my side to tell
My loss to me.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
Heaven be in thy inmost ken,
Thou that nobly darest
To assert that men are men
When the garb is barest!
"A Parody On "The Wayside Well"" by Janet Hamilton
The ever-ready victims they,
Of logical illusions,
And in a self-assertive way
They jump at strange conclusions.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And when deny'd this sweet relief,
Canst thou assert full well,
His hiding is thy greatest grief,
Thy Husband's absence hell?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
But genius will assert its right
To speak a word, or chant a lay,
And thou, with independent might,
Asserted it from day to day.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
By vote, and action, if there's need,
Assert your country's claim,
To brandish high stern Justice' sword,
O'er any race or name.
"Ye Patriot Sons Of Canada" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

HOUSTON, May 11 — Rudolph W Giuliani directly challenged Republican orthodoxy on Friday, asserting that his support for abortion rights, gun control and gay rights should not disqualify him from winning the party's presidential nomination.
Lewis published a little tome called The Abolition of Man, in which he asserts a virtue can transform into a vice if it is lifted up like an object of worship.
The authors assert traditional marketing is so ineffective that it's no longer a profit lever, and point to changes companies must incorporate for a profitable.
The Apple iPad isn't just like a book, or it wouldn't overheat , three rather literal-minded plaintiffs asserted in a lawsuit that has since been thrown out.
Despite Bill Gates' assertion that Windows XP, PCs and related gear will generate $100 billion in sales during the upcoming holiday season, PC industry big shots do not see restoration of double-digit growth any time soon.
Pale ale s tend to be fuller-bodied with a more assertive character on the palate than the standard bitter in a English brewer's portfolio.
Pale ales tend to be fuller-bodied with a more assertive character on the palate than the standard bitter in a English brewer's portfolio.
CNN's Bill Hemmer talks with Richard Clarke about his assertions that Bush ignored the al Qaeda threat.
It was, he asserted, an American defeat, of course.
Last week we saw Phillip Phillips asserting his individual style, both musically and fashionably (remember the gray shirt Tommy Hilfiger wasn't too keen on?
Where the plaintiff asserts claims for defamation and infliction of emotional distress against the brother of the current President of Abu Dhabi, the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the defendant.
Kristof's charge of hypocrisy by those of us who are against hunting whales is laughable given the hypocrisy of Eskimo assertions that this is a "tradition" (column, Sept 17).
Deion asserts that he never laid a hand on his estranged wife.
County commissioners by a 4-2 vote Tuesday morning moved another step closer to asserting authority over subdivision plats -- a step taken without any discussion of recommendations from the Planning Board.
While his complaint doesn't expressly seek a declaratory judgment on the question of insurance coverage, the assertion of a specific theory in a complaint isn't required under notice pleading , wrote Najam in Jason Tye Myers v Charles R.
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In science:

Universality conjecture in Random Matrix Theory asserts that such limits should be universal for a wide class of Hermitian random matrices.
Determinantal random point fields
To prove the second assertion one construct in term of the given locally trivial QVB a locally trivial vectorbundle in the following way.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Therefore a suited logic has to deal with two mayor types of knowledge: definitional and assertional knowledge (Denecker 1995).
SLDNFA-system
Their proof reduces the assertion to simple groups and then uses the classification of simple groups.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
This proves the first assertion of the theorem.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
An element of GL(n, q) is called unipotent if all of its eigenvalues are 1; a theorem of Steinberg asserts that the number of unipotent elements in GL(n, q) is qn(n−1) (this is the square of the order of a q -Sylow subgroup if q is prime).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Then note from the first assertion that the left hand side is the MGL,1,q chance of having a partition of size a.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
We therefore focus our attention on Tegmark’s assertions regarding decoherence times for microtubule-associated quantum states.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
The assertion for H0 is easy because any point y in ∆i \ {xi} can be attached to δi by a radial path r not passing through xi .
Homology for irregular connections
Let n be large enough such that the assertion “∀α T has a cofinal branch of length α.” is Σn over (Vκ , ε, T ).
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
This shows that the assertion of the corollary holds for λ–almost all x.
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
We have completed, therefore, the assertion that it is possible to write every spherically symmetric solution of the Einstein equations in the conformally Kerr–Schild form (4).
The Kerr-Schild ansatz for the Nariai spacetime and the generating conjecture
Diagonalizability is deduced in Section 8 from a more precise result, asserting that the subalgebra R[w] ⊆ RS generated by w = Px∈S wxx is split semisimple (isomorphic to a direct product of copies of R).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
It is convenient to redefine “LRB” so that the lattice L, whose existence was asserted in Section 1.5, is built into the definition.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
This implies that the action of w is diagonalizable in every RS -module; in particular, it implies that the transition matrix P of our walk on chambers is diagonalizable, as asserted in Theorem 1.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
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