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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.
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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., supra note 238; Virginia Hiday, The Social Context of Mental Illness and Violence, 36 J.
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
Remarkably (in view of his legendary assaultiveness) a community facility with a firm behavioral structure and known to be equipped to assaultiveness) a community facility with a firm behavioral structure and known to be equipped to take on "difficult cases," found the proposed diagnosis and treatment plan reasonable, and at the age of 39 he was moved to this facility.
Going further, a modest set of behavioral indicators (e.g., ADL deficits, assaultiveness) would require a modest supplement to claims or other data collection instruments.
William Walsh of the Health Research Institute in Warrenville, Ill., found that of 153 males between the ages of 3 and 20, those with a history of assaultiveness had a 1.4 copper/zinc blood ratio, significantly higher than the 1.02 copper/zinc ratio of those males without a history of assaultiveness.
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.
For example, studies have shown this population to display significantly higher levels than others on measures of hostility (McMillen et al., 1992), assaultiveness (Wilson, 1992), sensation seeking (McMillen et al., 1992; Wilson, 1992), and depression (Donovan and Marlatt, 1983).