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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.


the condition of being assaultive
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reported benefits in arousal, fatigue, distractibility, and assaultiveness in 30 patients with TBI with amantadine treatment [28].
found that of 153 males between the ages of 3 and 20, those with a history of assaultiveness had a 1.
Boys in the young offenders group and those with no adult male substitutes scored significantly higher on assaultiveness than did boys with a Big Brother.
It is important to note that the observed decrease in assaultiveness and irritability was statistically accounted for by more general reductions in negative emotions such as anxiety and sadness (Ibid.