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aggressive

ag·gres·sive

aggressive

 
pronunciation:
gre sihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by hostility in action.
The small nation could not defend itself against its aggressive neighbor.When he became aggressive toward teachers, he was finally expelled from school.
synonyms:
belligerent, hostile, militant, offensive, warlike
antonyms:
mild, peaceful
similar words:
bellicose, combative, contentious, martial, pugnacious, tough
definition 2: extremely forceful or assertive.
The more aggressive fans pushed through the crowd to get a glimpse of their idol.We need to take aggressive measures to combat this problem.
synonyms:
assertive, bumptious, forceful, insistent, obtrusive, pushing, pushy
antonyms:
meek
similar words:
belligerent, bold, forward, intrusive, invasive, peremptory, trenchant
derivations: aggressively (adv.), aggressiveness (n.)
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The word aggressive contains the following parts:
ag- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ag- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "g." See ad-.
gress Latin root that means to walk, go
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).