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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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Health 1523 (2002) (noting that "[p]sychopathology per se seldom leads to assaultiveness," but may converge with other risk factors such as violent victimization and exposure to violence to increase the risk of violent behavior); Estroff et al.
Sample from Peshawar showed high frequency of occurrence on internalizing problems as immaturity, inadequacy, regression and withdrawal, whereas on the other hand the externalizing problems were overt aggression, assaultiveness and impulsivity.
reported benefits in arousal, fatigue, distractibility, and assaultiveness in 30 patients with TBI with amantadine treatment [28].
assaultiveness, which is more consistent with irritable mania than schizophrenia
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.
Two relatively high-risk or deviant subtypes (Clusters 1 and 5) were identified, characterized by high levels of driving-related aggression, competitive speed, driving to reduce tension, sensation seeking, assaultiveness, and hostility.
1992), assaultiveness (Wilson, 1992), sensation seeking (McMillen et al.
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.