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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.
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Adj.1.asserting - relating to the use of or having the nature of a declaration
interrogatory, interrogative - relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation
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Now that medical attendance was no longer indispensable, I played the first move in the game by asserting myself against the doctor.
She justifies her action, asserting that she was bound to obey the eternal laws of right and wrong in spite of any human ordinance.
Then the Isosceles classes, asserting that the Specimens were no longer used nor needed, and refusing to pay the customary tribute from the Criminal classes to the service of Education, waxed daily more numerous and more insolent on the strength of their immunity from the old burden which had formerly exercised the twofold wholesome effect of at once taming their brutal nature and thinning their excessive numbers.
Mosey was too resolutely bent on asserting her own importance, by making the most of the alarm that she had suffered, to be repressed by any ordinary method of remonstrance.
If he had the courage to encounter danger, he at least hated the trouble of going to seek it; and while he agreed in the general principles laid down by Cedric concerning the claim of the Saxons to independence, and was still more easily convinced of his own title to reign over them when that independence should be attained, yet when the means of asserting these rights came to be discussed, he was still ``Athelstane the Unready,'' slow, irresolute, procrastinating, and unenterprising.
Asserting that India attacked Pakistan" when it decided to violate its airspace, Qureshi remarked that the conflict between the two countries has turned quite serious and emphasized that Pakistan never wanted to escalate the issue.He commented that India also violated the UN charter and international humanitarian laws when it breached the Line of Control (LoC).
But Zarate said this should not 'deter' Filipinos in 'asserting our rights.'
SolarEdge Technologies announced that it has extended its lawsuit pending in the Mannheim District Court, Germany, against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Dusseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei, by asserting two additional patents related to its power optimizer technology.
In response to such examples of nondeceptive lying, it has been suggested that lying is simply asserting something that you believe to be false (where asserting something involves a normative component that goes beyond merely saying something).
"Our concept of asserting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic goes well beyond the much-needed military and legal measures anticipated and recently announced by the Government of Canada," says Simon.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, asserting that AU did not have the legal right to sue since no congressional appropriation was involved.