• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-asserting aggressively self-assured "an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue","pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-asserting asserting one's self, or one's own rights or claims; hence, putting one's self forward in a confident or assuming manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-asserting Given to asserting one's opinions, rights, or claims; putting one's self forward in a confident or presumptuous manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-asserting given to asserting one's opinion: putting one's self forward
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

Self-assertion can never be the best preparation for achievement.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The personal principle has achieved its utmost might of self-assertion against that which is universal.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
But enough of the gossip reached Guilford Duncan's ears to induce angry resentment and self-assertion on his part.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
I am told that while I was still in long dresses I showed many signs of an eager, self-asserting disposition.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
It was neither bold nor rude nor self-assertive, but it was unconscious, inquiring, and unabashed.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Offensive arrogance and self-assertion, in his life there was none.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
He was proud of his self-assertion, proud of being rude.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
A little self-assertion on behalf of his superior was a thing to be encouraged and applauded.
"Berenice" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Make them look on self-assertion as one form of martyrdom, and they will come into it.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
You have not enough self-assertion, my dear.
"Four Ghost Stories" by Mrs. Molesworth
With very little self-confidence or self-assertion, she is withered and paralyzed by this discouraging thought.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
Christianity glorifies meekness and humility; Nietzsche glorifies pride and self-assertion.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
He had got back his self-assertiveness.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
His self-asserting independence had gone, in its place was growing a homely sympathy for the troubled man.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
They have already deceived many by their self-assertion.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
There her housewifely instinct at once asserted it self.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
Betsey's self-assertion was amazing, but they still whispered to each other as they got ready for bed.
"Strangers and Wayfarers" by Sarah Orne Jewett
But the end and aim of all his brutal self-assertion was to become a clergyman.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
And such an assertion is indeed a self-contradiction.
"The Sources Of Religious Insight" by Josiah Royce
This note of self, at first so carefully suppressed, had yet asserted itself insidiously.
"An Engagement of Convenience" by Louis Zangwill

In poetry:

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
Her's is the soul not stubborn, yet
Asserting self. The heart was rich;
But, questioned, she had rather let
Men judge her conscious of a debt
Than freely giving: thus, her speech
Is love according to her bond.
"Cordelia" by William Michael Rossetti
He launched them well. But shall the New
Redeem the pledge the Old Year made,
Or prove a self-asserting heir?
But healthy hearts few qualms invade:
By shot-chests grouped in bays 'tween guns
The gossips chat, the grizzled, sea-beat ones.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville
Its brilliant self-assertions were condemned
To interest the forest and draw death
On aqueducts and learning; yet the world,
Through them, had witnessed, when predestined love
Fell like a daring meteor into time,
The condescension of eternal order.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

The jumpy, self-aware, assertively "new" filmmaking pioneered by Godard and Truffaut is forever young.
Oil Will Crash to $50,' Asserts Self-made Multi-millionaire Investor Who Sees the US Being a Net Oil Exporter by 2020.
Thinking of God helps people to assert self-control—even if they're atheists.
General Asserts Right On Self- Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases.
More transparent assertions of sexual identity crop up in Romaine Brooks's 1923 painted Self- Portrait , in which she is depicted as a masculinized wraith.
Thinking of God helps people to assert self-control —even if they're atheists.
General Asserts Right On Self-Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder affects the brain's ability to assert self-control, of particular concern during adolescence.
This biography makes controversial assertions about the subject's journey of self-discovery near the end of his life and revelations about his early life.
Is it Peterson's recording career, his assertion of self-control over that career, claiming his place in the pantheon of 30-something jazz musicians, the Fo'Tet or what.
An assertive shot of self- righteousness , indeed, this black brew is one for the record.
Mr. Darden's self-serving assertion that Johnnie Cochran tampered with the glove — or any piece of evidence — is false, malicious and slanderous.
When is assertiveness nothing more than self-righteous defensiveness.

In science:

To prove the assertion, we must exclude that these fibres consist of a genus 2 curve attached to a P1 with a self-intersection.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
In his original work , Wald used the positivity of the operator A in (1.2) to assert the existence of self-adjoint extensions.
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
An example of an absurd (self-contradictory) conclusion that is obtained from asserting the truth of an exclusive or proposition, when both of the related propositions is true, is the following.
Why Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen did not prove that quantum mechanics is `incomplete'
In fact, if V is any model of bzc, then the resulting well-pointed topos Set[V ] has both a self-indexing and a definable indexing, and the assertion that V satisfies replacement (hence is a model of zfc) is equivalent to the assertion that these two indexings agree.
Set theory for category theory
In each of these cases, the version of replacement asserted implies that the resulting na¨ıve indexing is actually equivalent to the self-indexing as well.
Set theory for category theory
Therefore, if α < 1/2 then the assertion of Proposition 13 is far from being correct, even for the self-correlation of the set A.
On The Influences of Variables on Boolean Functions in Product Spaces
We establish the key assertions of the utility maximization theory assuming that both primal and dual value functions are finite in the interiors of their domains as well as that random endowment at maturity can be dominated by the terminal value of a self-financing wealth process.
Optimal investment with intermediate consumption and random endowment
King [K] asserts that T has the MSJ (minimal self-joining property) whenever T is mixing, which in turn implies disjointness of T p and T q for p 6= q by a result of Del Junco and Rudolph [D-R].
On the correlation of the Moebius function with random rank-one systems
So that axiom shows remaining assertion (•• ), Inner Soundness for the final, “self-referential” case.
RCF2: Evaluation and Consistency
The condition F2 = 0 just asserts that the restriction of A to each fibre of N is an anti-self-dual connection.
Gauge Theory in higher dimensions, II
Mod out by any linear combinations having zero self inner product and take the completion to arrive at the space H(K ) having all the asserted properties.
Test functions, Schur-Agler classes and transfer-function realizations: the matrix-valued setting
First, we mention a result due to Del Junco and Rudolph ([D-R], Cor. 6.5) asserting the disjointness of distinct powers T m and T n for weakly mixing transformations T with the minimal self-joinings property (MSJ).
Distjointness of Mobius from horocycle flows
Zij · ∆kl =  The first two assertions are clear, the second follows from the pro jection formula applied to the pro jection of C n onto C 2 along the ith and j th factors and the fact that the self intersection of the diagonal in C 2 is the Euler number of C .
Infinitesimal presentations of the Torelli groups
In the case of the Ferrers diagram, a more familiar term is “self-conjugate.”) It is now not too difficult to see that the growth diagram bijection from Section 2 proving Theorems 1 and 3 provides a proof of the latter key assertion.
Growth diagrams, and increasing and decreasing chains in fillings of Ferrers shapes
Note that in the proof of Theorem 3.1, all that was needed from Vigu´e’s theorem is the assertion that if the fixed point set of a holomorphic self-map of a convex domain is non-empty, then it either contains one point or uncountably many points.
Compact weighted composition operators and fixed points in convex domains