Definition of assaultive in English:



  • 1Tending or likely to commit an assault.

    ‘they found that assaultive men had abusive parents’
    • ‘On neither occasion did she try to excuse or minimize his assaultive behaviour.’
    • ‘The data revealed that there were 8,292 perpetrators who had committed more than 14,120 physical and psychological assaultive acts against mental health professionals.’
    • ‘There are certain characteristics of societies which will encourage sexually assaultive behaviour directed against children.’
    • ‘In addition, this orientation is consistent with national health objectives which target women as victims of assaultive dating violence.’
    • ‘Many people dismiss abusive behaviours in their homes as normal and do not recognize that assaultive actions are still criminal actions even when they occur in intimate relationships.’
    • ‘Training in the recognition and management of aggressive and assaultive behavior may be lifesaving for healthcare workers.’
    • ‘Partner abuse has been linked to profound and long-lasting negative emotional and behavioral effects on children who witness assaultive behavior.’
    1. 1.1 Aggressive or forcefully assertive.
      ‘his loud, assaultive playing style can leave you cowering’
      • ‘His films bear a signature stamp of harshness and lyricism, and are curiously assaultive of their audience, inducing powerful dream-like states of joy and then violently undercutting them.’
      • ‘But it feels, somehow, more appealing and less assaultive.’
      • ‘Playing huge stadiums meant performing the assaultive, theatrical music that would fill and rock those stadiums.’
      • ‘An art object that draws the viewer's attention to these realities, and leaves no room for ambiguity in their identification, can be an assaultive and disturbing experience.’
      confident, forceful, self-confident, positive, bold, decisive, assured, self-assured, self-possessed, believing in oneself, self-assertive, authoritative, strong-willed, insistent, firm, determined, commanding, bullish, dominant, domineering
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