unassertive


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un·as·ser·tive

 (ŭn′ə-sûr′tĭv)
adj.
Not assertive; reserved.

un′as·ser′tive·ly adv.
un′as·ser′tive·ness n.

unassertive

(ˌʌnəˈsɜːtɪv)
adj
not assertive or aggressive; timid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidenceunassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"
nonaggressive, unaggressive - not aggressive; not given to fighting or assertiveness
timid - showing fear and lack of confidence
submissive - inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination; "submissive servants"; "a submissive reply"; "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"
assertive, self-asserting, self-assertive - aggressively self-assured; "an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue"; "pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act"

unassertive

adjective meek, timid, unassuming, retiring, backward, self-effacing, diffident, bashful, mousy, timorous completely out of character to her normal unassertive self
confident, aggressive, assertive, forceful, feisty (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), pushy (informal), overbearing
References in classic literature ?
He would sit and talk to me in the old confidence, and with the old simplicity, and in the old unassertive protecting way, so that I would half believe that all my life since the days of the old kitchen was one of the mental troubles of the fever that was gone.
I might indeed have saved my breath, I knew it was one of the Fynes' rules of life, part of their solemnity and responsibility, one of those things that were part of their unassertive but ever present superiority, that their dog must not be allowed in.
Also, they were laughing and merry eyes, within them much of the naivete and wonder of the child; and yet, in an unassertive way.
Now, feminine is a tricky word these days, as it can be interpreted to mean weak, unassertive, and pretty but trivial.
Avoiding-both parties are unassertive and uncooperative.
Portraying the transition of a quiet, unassertive Indian housewife with an inability to speak English to a fully independent woman who gains self-confidence after taking classes to learn the language, English Vinglish is credited for bringing to light the feeling of social exclusion and embarrassment that many Indians face due to their inability to speak English.
Circumstances for HIV/AIDS control and prevention are similarly challenged by limited health workforce, systems constraints, and unassertive policies that result in ongoing HIV transmission, including nosocomial risk.
Coffee production in Yemen reached about 19,000 MT in 2012, which is unassertive compared to that of other coffee producing countries.
The Fazioli piano seemed to connive with Hewitt in this odyssey of interpretation, with its sophisticated palette of tonal colours, its sensitive response touch, and even its unassertive sustaining-pedal.
Learning to be assertive (rather than unassertive or aggressive) is a tremendously important skill for emotional well-being--one that can positively impact life both personally and professionally.
The result was to exchange an overly assertive foreign policy for an overly unassertive one.
Moreover, it's difficult if not impossible to predict how one will react to a violent confrontation, Nahas explained, suggesting that it might not be fair to harshly criticize the unassertive bystanders.