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1. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
a. A conflict involving armed forces: a nuclear confrontation.
b. Discord or a clash of opinions and ideas: an age of ideological confrontation.
3. A focused comparison: an essay that brought elements of biography, autobiography, and general European history into powerful, meaningful confrontation.

con′fron·ta′tion·al adj.
con′fron·ta′tion·ist n.


(ˌkɒn frənˈteɪ ʃə nɪst, -frʌn-)

1. a person who confronts opposition, esp. aggressively.
2. characteristic of confrontation or confrontationists.
con`fron•ta′tion•ism, n.
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What we're witnessing today is a confrontationist government.
He though never expressed his views about the opinions of others about him as he was least confrontationist and ensured his words did not hurt the sentiments of others.
Most importantly, this process would also be seen to confer greater legitimacy to access decision-making by virtue of earlier cooperation between the European Commission and BEREC, thereby also avoiding the unnecessary confrontationist situation created between the Commission and NRAs under the current procedure available under Article 7 of the Framework Directive.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid here on Saturday said it was due to PMLN government's democratic policy that PTI chief Imran Khan, who avoided confrontation with Sindh government in Karachi by remaining calm and conciliatory, was looking angry and confrontationist in Lahore.
So where is the moral authority for any of the three to strike strident postures and indulge in confrontationist bluster as are all they now, thereby spawning very charged and volatile conditions in the land?
Also, NAM must adapt itself to the reality of rogue non-state actors intruding into the vacant space left over by an aggressively confrontationist Cold War politics.
A curious and disturbing phenomenon is that the political climate is driven on a confrontationist stance with the US after the gruesome (gruesome in a sense to abort peace talks between Nawaz-led government and TTP) incident of killing Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone strike.
If Stalin was the supervillain who made the Soviet Union an empire and Khrushchev was the Cold War confrontationist, Brezhnev was the bland figure who enforced a deadly conformity.
42) The culture of the VSTA committee of the 1970s in her view was to approach the settling of disputes in a confrontationist manner.
Describing the Syrian regime's confrontationist and violent approach towards its own people as unfortunate, HH the Emir said, "The serious and tragic situation in sisterly Syria has taken a catastrophic turn over past two years leading to shameful tragedies and crimes.
We will succeed if we adopt a cooperative rather than a confrontationist approach.