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Inclined to or suggestive of violent attack: "The reduction of cinema to assaultive images ... has produced a disincarnated, lightweight cinema that doesn't demand anyone's full attention" (Susan Sontag).

as·saul′tive·ly adv.
as·saul′tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.assaultive - disposed to attackassaultive - disposed to attack      
offensive - for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
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To learn more about forming and operating as a team, I recommend a good online primer titled "Taking Threats Seriously: Establishing a Threat Assessment Team and Developing Organizational Procedures," originally published in the Journal of Safe Management of Disruptive and Assaultive Behavior (JSM), summer 2002.
Ball has a history of assaultive conduct and "without hesitation, aggressively used a knife'' to stab Ms.
IDHS must be notified of anyone who communicates a serious threat of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim or poses a clear and imminent risk of serious physical injury to himself, herself or another person; or who demonstrates threatening physical or verbal behavior, such as violent, suicidal, or assaultive threats, actions, or other behavior as determined by a physician, clinical psychologist or qualified examiner.
I think instinctively I knew that the patient was likely a person with a treatment-resistant illness, a long-term institutional patient, who was repetitively assaultive despite all clinical interventions; I knew that a state's attorney would likely be unwilling or uninterested in prosecuting someone like that; and finally I knew a prosecution would take many weeks and take up more time than I was willing to invest.
The nurses also question the wisdom of mixing a population of older adolescents, who may be assaultive, with a population of younger patients as young as age 9.
No significant associations were noted with the use of hard drugs and assaultive behavior, the results indicate.
Most microaggressions aren't intentional, assaultive, or even outright discriminatory, but their effects over time communicate volumes to out-group members about what is expected of them, from them, and available to them.
According to the Texas Administrative Code, jail facilities are required to observe "inmates known to be assaultive, potentially suicidal, mentally ill, or who have demonstrated bizarre behavior are confined" every 30 minutes.
The AK Party's [Justice and Development Party] wrongful, assaultive and partisan policy towards Syria is severely harming Turkey's stability and security," said Loy-oy-lu, adding that the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Turkey was related to the nation's tense relations with its neighbors.
An-Nahar March 14 assaultive in the 7th anniversary for assassination Hariri pledges to prevent sectarian strife Mikati assures new indictment before end of February Opposition to call for vote of confidence on Nahhas Arabs threaten to army Syrian opposition Lavrov: "Friends of Syria" idea is a call for intervention Assafir Cabinet crisis intractable.
On January 8, 2010, she filed suit against Skyline, alleging, inter alia, that the defendant negligently and carelessly: (a) failed to adequately supervise, monitor and protect her; (b) failed to adequately supervise, and monitor and control the individual who sexually assaulted her; (c) accepted residents for care when the facility lacked the necessary resources to care for those individuals and protect other residents; (d) placed a male residents [sic] who by the nature of their admission have a history and unpredictable and potentially violent and assaultive behavior in the same area with her; (e) placed her in a room remote from the nurses station, such that it was unsupervised; and (f) failed to provide sufficient numbers of adequately trained staff.