• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-assertion the act of asserting yourself in an aggressive manner
    • n self-assertion the act of putting forth your own opinions in a boastful or inconsiderate manner that implies you feel superior to others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-assertion The act of asserting one's self, or one's own rights or claims; the quality of being self-asserting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-assertion The act of asserting one's own opinions, rights, or claims; a putting one's self forward in an over-confident or presumptuous way.
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion.”


In literature:

Emma had no guile in her disposition and was utterly lacking in self-assertion.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Usually, the drunken sailor was not so self-assertive.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
But these moments soon passed: the instinct of self-preservation was quick to assert itself.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
You need for a wife some one not too self-assertive, and who believes in you.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Something within me was struggling for self assertion.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
And if one or two of us had a trifle more self-assertion, perhaps some others would have less.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Geologists could scarcely have made a more unfortunate self-refuting assertion than this.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
Nor does liberty rest on the self-assertion of the individual.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
But her better self asserted itself as she thought of Mary's distress in the loss of Ambrose.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
And the sight of her face, shut and superior with self-asserting indifference, made a flame of rage go over him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
His vehement self-assertion passed into an affectionate smile.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
It was because he was afraid to talk about himself, it was because he had not got the courage to be vain and self-assertive in crowds.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Accordingly the end of law comes to be conceived as a making possible of the maximum of individual free self-assertion.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
Then she was sensible of a certain odd, uppish, self-asserting feeling within her.
"Sowing and Sewing" by Charlotte Mary Yonge
Always straightforward, sometimes bluntly self-assertive, he is sometimes eloquent.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
Following the death of Sophia there was for nearly forty years a break in the predominance of self-asserting Augustae.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
Dexter was one of these, and this entire absence of self-assertion in Ward Heathcote stung him.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Simply, the whole life will never brook an untempered neglect from any of its always self-assertive parts.
"The Will to Doubt" by Alfred H. Lloyd
I asserted my right to live; my right to self-preservation.
"The Joy of Living (Es lebe das Leben)" by Hermann Sudermann
The smartness and self-assertiveness of American women are already excessive; they lack repose, serenity, and self-restraint.
"Means and Ends of Education" by J. L. Spalding

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