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tr.v. as·sert·ed, as·sert·ing, as·serts
1. To state or express positively; affirm: asserted his innocence.
2. To defend or maintain (one's rights, for example).
3. To put into action boldly; employ or demonstrate: asserted her independence.
assert oneself
To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.

[Latin asserere, assert- : ad-, ad- + serere, to join; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

as·sert′a·ble, as·sert′i·ble adj.
as·sert′er, as·ser′tor n.


having the ability to be affirmed or professed or deserving of affirmation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.assertable - capable of being affirmed or asserted; "a quality affirmable of every member of the family"
possible - capable of happening or existing; "a breakthrough may be possible next year"; "anything is possible"; "warned of possible consequences"
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51, el TEDH sostuvo que: <<Where an individual has an assertable right under domestic law to a welfare benefit, the importance of that interest should also be reflected by holding Article 1 of Protocol No.
All that is needed to legitimise assertions that someone means something is that there be roughly specifiable circumstances under which they are legitimately assertable, and that the game of asserting them under such conditions has a role in our lives.
To know under what conditions a statement (not a 'sentence') is assertable is to know under what conditions it is true or liable to be true.
It is inevitable that the moment patents become readily assertable in a technology space, those with patents in that space will seek to monetize them.
The subrogated insurer is said to "stand in the shoes" of its insured, because it has no greater rights than the insured and is subject to the same defenses assertable against the insured.
By contrast, a finding of invalidity effectively takes the patent out of the assertable portfolio.
as 'legitimately assertable' by persons within the interpretive community that constitutes the practice in question." (232)
But that means that a perfect assertor, searching for what's assertable given perfect information I about S, cannot uncover a specification of a grounding-condition for S is true.
Once the self-incrimination privilege was made assertable against the states through the Fourteenth Amendment, (23) and the Court decided to enforce that right even more vigorously than it did the amendment's more amorphous guarantee of "due process," Jackson's concern--like Cardozo's earlier analogous one--became a more routine reality.