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1. Asserting oneself or one's own rights or views.
a. Self-confident.
b. Overbearing; arrogant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.self-asserting - aggressively self-assured; "an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue"; "pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act"
aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
References in classic literature ?
Biddy," said I, in a virtuously self-asserting manner, "I must request to know what you mean by this?
They could not help noticing that the men were more eager, annoyingly feverish, and self-asserting in their superior elegance and external show than their old associates were in their frank, unrestrained habits.
he had just come from being lectured and made to feel his inferiority; the reaction of his strong, self-asserting nature must take place somehow; and here was a case in which he could justly show himself dominant.
If there is a basic theme that runs throughout the volume, reflecting the importance of "interpretation" for Heidegger, it is that thinking is finite, situated ("thrown"), inseparable from affect, and exposed to history--in contrast to previous philosophy's faith in the self-grounding and self-asserting power of reason.