unassertive


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un·as·ser·tive

 (ŭn′ə-sûr′tĭv)
adj.
Not assertive; reserved.

un′as·ser′tive·ly adv.
un′as·ser′tive·ness n.

unassertive

(ˌʌnəˈsɜːtɪv)
adj
not assertive or aggressive; timid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidenceunassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"
nonaggressive, unaggressive - not aggressive; not given to fighting or assertiveness
timid - showing fear and lack of confidence
submissive - inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination; "submissive servants"; "a submissive reply"; "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"
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"

unassertive

adjective meek, timid, unassuming, retiring, backward, self-effacing, diffident, bashful, mousy, timorous completely out of character to her normal unassertive self
confident, aggressive, assertive, forceful, feisty (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), pushy (informal), overbearing
References in classic literature ?
He would sit and talk to me in the old confidence, and with the old simplicity, and in the old unassertive protecting way, so that I would half believe that all my life since the days of the old kitchen was one of the mental troubles of the fever that was gone.
I might indeed have saved my breath, I knew it was one of the Fynes' rules of life, part of their solemnity and responsibility, one of those things that were part of their unassertive but ever present superiority, that their dog must not be allowed in.
Also, they were laughing and merry eyes, within them much of the naivete and wonder of the child; and yet, in an unassertive way.
Moreover, it's difficult if not impossible to predict how one will react to a violent confrontation, Nahas explained, suggesting that it might not be fair to harshly criticize the unassertive bystanders.
Though often criticized as an unassertive and feckless commander in chief, Madison was, Kleinerman argues, deliberately attempting to establish a model of presidential restraint, demonstrating through his conduct how a president might lead a nation at war without doing violence to the values of republican constitutionalism.
While brown ales are too often murky and unassertive, Durty Brown balances out a big clean malty backbone with lots of bold hops.
They may act in people-pleasing ways, become passive aggressive or even unassertive in order to avoid conflict that may result in rejection of their opinion, position, or choices.
Avoidance is unassertive and uncooperative, and may involve sidestepping issues or withdrawing for a cool-down period before resuming conflict.
In addition, these same writers were indirectly influenced by the Literature Bureau which encouraged the production of literature that portrayed women as passive and unassertive.
On professional front women are expected to be sweet, soft, sensitive, adaptable, gentle, and unassertive and domesticated (Misra, 1998).
The old tension--between Marker's private and social realities as they emerge through fractured voices and personae--gives it a powerful, unassertive quality.
How quiet and unassertive are the marks that make up these images; how loving and patient is the observation that they encapsulate.