• WordNet 3.6
    • adj assertive 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 Assertive Positive; affirming confidently; affirmative; peremptory. "In a confident and assertive form."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assertive Positive; dogmatic; affirming confidently; peremptory; affirmative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Assertive asserting or confirming confidently: positive: dogmatic
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  • Martin Tupper
    Martin Tupper
    “Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.”
  • 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.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.”
  • 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.”


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.


In literature:

I will show him a fact more that is mortal to his assertions.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Von der Goltz, for instance, is particularly emphatic in asserting that the overthrow of the enemy must always be the object in modern war.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
He stood as a representative of the peasant class rising in importance and in assertion of religious rights.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
But he never could have proposed that they should tax themselves on requisition, which is, the assertion of the day.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
He beheaded two queens, but few will be found to assert to-day that either Anne Boleyn or Catherine Howard were innocent martyrs.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
In words this assertion is true, in substance it is false.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
One told one tale; one, another: one asserted something else; another, the exact opposite.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
It would be lost labor to observe on this assertion.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
These are strong assertions.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
They may repent of what they have done in assertion of the honor of their king, and in favor of their own safety.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

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
'One far less formal and plain and slow!'
She let the laconic assertion go
As if of need
She held the conviction that it was so.
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
And, when the world shall link your names
With gracious lives and manners fine,
The teacher shall assert her claims,
And proudly whisper, "These were mine!"
"At School-Close" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Why is it that my mind reverts
To that sweet past? while full of parting
The present is; so full of hurts
And heartache, that what it asserts
Adds only to the smarting.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
Every quick feather asserts a just claim;
it bites like a saw into white pine.
I communicate right; but explain to the dean—
well, Right has a long and intricate name.
"Lit Instructor" by William Stafford
Ye Muses! come, with ministry divine.
Protect the shrine where SHERIDAN is laid;
Ye Patriot Virtues! here your homage join;
Assert his worth, and soothe his hovering shade.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Oil Will Crash to $50,' Asserts Self-made Multi-millionaire Investor Who Sees the US Being a Net Oil Exporter by 2020.
While extroverts tend to be enthusiastic, talkative, assertive and gregarious, introverts tend to be more reserved and less outspoken in groups.
Todd Akin's outrageously weird assertion that a woman cannot get pregnant from "forcible rape" exposes three predicaments facing the.
Each has been a party to a suit for trademark infringement where the defense of fair use was asserted.
Speaking to reporters about Iran's nuclear program before the weekend talks in Istanbul, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "We're looking for concrete results," and continued, "They assert that their program is purely peaceful.
Contrary to his assertion, I did serve in the military, as a naval officer between the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Chrysler vp Ralph Gilles had heard quite enough when he read the reality TV star's tweet asserting the company "wants to send all Jeep manufacturing to China.".
I have personally proved Mr Twain's assertion over and over again.
School funding system in Texas "hopelessly broken," lawyer asserts.
I was loud and assertive.
The NBA asserts that he was a rogue official with a gambling problem.
"' Geisha ' means 'artist,'" Mameha asserts.
As Andy Cohen aptly asserts, as much as America hangs on to "every word" of the Real Housewives of New Jersey it's not just Teresa Giudice who steals the limelight.
School funding system in Texas " hopelessly broken," lawyer asserts.
"Persistence, publicity, and paperwork," asserts Simon Wiesenthal , who should know.

In science:

We will use Lemma 3.2 and show that formulas (3.30) together are equivalent to the assertion that the transformation ∼ is an involutive automorphism of the bilinear operation ◦.
A Peirce decomposition for generalized Jordan triple systems of second order
This will be done in the proof of the converse assertion.
A Peirce decomposition for generalized Jordan triple systems of second order
To prove the converse assertion we have to prove that all formulas (3.1)(3.14) are true.
A Peirce decomposition for generalized Jordan triple systems of second order
The assertion is obvious for the generators Ei , Fi , K ±1 .
Quantum loop modules
Vµk = 0 for all but finitely many η ∈ Q+ and s ∈ N+ , which is an immediate consequence of the following two assertions: 1◦ .
Quantum loop modules