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Not assertive; reserved.

un′as·ser′tive·ly adv.
un′as·ser′tive·ness n.
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in an unassertive manner
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Adv.1.unassertively - in an unassertive mannerunassertively - in an unassertive manner; "unassertively, she always follows her husband's suggestions"
assertively - in an assertive manner; "`I will take care of my own life,' she said assertively"
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