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ag·gres·sive

 (ə-grĕs′ĭv)
adj.
1. Characterized by aggression: aggressive behavior.
2. Inclined to behave in an actively hostile fashion: an aggressive regime.
3. Assertive, bold, and energetic: an aggressive sales campaign.
4. Of or relating to an investment or approach to investing that seeks above-average returns by taking above-average risks.
5. Fast growing; tending to spread quickly and invade: an aggressive tumor.
6. Characterized by or inclined toward vigorous or intensive medical treatment: an aggressive approach to treating the infection.
7. Intense or harsh, as in color.

ag·gres′sive·ly adv.
ag·gres′sive·ness n.

aggressive

(əˈɡrɛsɪv)
adj
1. quarrelsome or belligerent: an aggressive remark.
2. assertive; vigorous: an aggressive business executive.
agˈgressively adv
agˈgressiveness n

ag•gres•sive

(əˈgrɛs ɪv)

adj.
1. characterized by or tending toward aggression.
2. vigorously energetic, esp. in the use of initiative and forcefulness; boldly assertive: an aggressive salesperson.
3. (of an investment) emphasizing maximum growth over assured income.
4. using daring or forceful methods: aggressive treatment of infection.
[1815–25]
ag•gres′sive•ly, adv.
ag•gres′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your endsaggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"
assertive, self-asserting, self-assertive - aggressively self-assured; "an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue"; "pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
offensive - for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
nonaggressive, unaggressive - not aggressive; not given to fighting or assertiveness
2.aggressive - tending to spread quicklyaggressive - tending to spread quickly; "an aggressive tumor"
invasive - marked by a tendency to spread especially into healthy tissue; "invasive cancer cells"
3.aggressive - characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fightaggressive - characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight; "aggressive acts against another country"; "a belligerent tone"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"

aggressive

adjective
2. forceful, powerful, convincing, effective, enterprising, dynamic, bold, militant, pushing, vigorous, energetic, persuasive, assertive, zealous, pushy (informal), in-your-face (slang), carnivorous (informal) He is respected as a very competitive and aggressive executive.
forceful retiring, quiet, mild, submissive

aggressive

adjective
1. Inclined to act in a hostile way:
2. Marked by boldness and assertiveness:
Translations
عِدَائِي، عُدْوَانِيعُدْوانِيّ
нападателен
agresivníútočný
aggressiv
aggressiivinenhyökkäävä
agresivannasilannasrtljiv
agresszívkötekedõ
árásargjarn
攻撃的な
공격적인
agresijaagresoriusagresyviaiagresyvumasagresyvus
agresīvs
agresiv
napadalennasilen
aggressiv
ก้าวร้าว
агресивний
hung hăngxâm lược

aggressive

[əˈgresɪv] ADJ
1. (= belligerent) [person, animal, behaviour] → agresivo
he was in a very aggressive moodestaba muy agresivo
2. (= assertive) [salesman, company] → enérgico, agresivo; [player] → agresivo
aggressive marketing techniquestécnicas fpl de marketing agresivas

aggressive

[əˈgrɛsɪv] adj
(= angry) [person, behaviour] → agressif/ive
(= forceful) [marketing, advertising, sales pitch] → agressif/ive

aggressive

adj
(= belligerent)aggressiv; loverdraufgängerisch, ungestüm
(= forceful) salesman, businessman etcdynamisch, aufdringlich (pej); sales techniqueaggressiv

aggressive

[əˈgrɛsɪv] adjaggressivo/a; (salesman, approach) → intraprendente

aggressive

(əˈgresiv) adjective
ready to attack or oppose; quarrelsome. He's a most aggressive boy – he is always fighting at school.
agˈgressively adverb
agˈgressiveness noun
agˈgression (-ʃən) noun
(a feeling of) hostility.
agˈgressor noun
(in a war etc) the party which attacks first.

aggressive

عُدْوانِيّ agresivní aggressiv aggressiv επιθετικός agresivo aggressiivinen agressif agresivan aggressivo 攻撃的な 공격적인 agressief aggressiv agresywny agressivo агрессивный aggressiv ก้าวร้าว saldırgan hung hăng 侵犯性的

ag·gres·sive

a. agresivo-a, hostil.
[tumor] que se extiende con rapidez.

aggressive

adj agresivo
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But it was of funereal black cloth, and although relieved at one extremity by a pair of high riding boots, in which his too short trousers were tucked, and at the other by a tall white hat, and cravat of aggressive yellow, the effect was depressing.
No, it was not our harsh, aggressive, realistic daylight; it seemed properer to an enchanted land--or to heaven.
Her strong character and aggressive and commanding ways compelled Tom's admiration in spite of the fact that he got more illustrations of them than he needed for his comfort.
Save a herdsman, who seemed to have caught something of the nature and expression of the beasts he tended, they met no one until they approached the village, where, on the brow of an acclivity, masculine humanity appeared in the shape of two curates: one tall, thin, close-shaven, with a book under his arm, and his neck craned forward; the other middle-sized, robust, upright, and aggressive, with short black whiskers, and an air of protest against such notions as that a clergyman may not marry, hunt, play cricket, or share the sports of honest laymen.
The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground; the expediency of aggressive or defensive tactics; and the fundamental laws of human nature: these are things that must most certainly be studied.
They hold that the Great Spirit is displeased with all nations who wantonly engage in war; they abstain, therefore, from all aggressive hostilities.
In fact, it does more than linger; it is aggressive, offensive, and brutalising.
They were quaint and sympathetic, those two homely basins, unfurnished and silent, with no aggressive display of cranes, no apparatus of hurry and work on their narrow shores.
Though unable to walk, she had arrived borne aloft in an armchair (her mode of conveyance for the last five years), as brisk, aggressive, self-satisfied, bolt-upright, loudly imperious, and generally abusive as ever.
Newman's familiarity was never importunate; his sense of human equality was not an aggressive taste or an aesthetic theory, but something as natural and organic as a physical appetite which had never been put on a scanty allowance and consequently was innocent of ungraceful eagerness.
My scientific education having been somewhat neglected, I was unable to follow the whole argument, but it was evident that the English Professor had handled his subject in a very aggressive fashion, and had thoroughly annoyed his Continental colleagues.
Despite the almost aggressive touch of luxury in the fur coat, it soon became apparent that Sir Walter's large leonine head was for use as well as ornament, and he considered the matter soberly and sanely enough.