Definition of aggressive in English:



  • 1Ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression.

    ‘he's very uncooperative and aggressive’
    ‘aggressive behavior’
    • ‘His aggressive behaviour on remand had led to the imposition of disciplinary sanctions.’
    • ‘There is no evidence of any self harm or of threatening or aggressive behaviour towards others.’
    • ‘She believes one solution would be to tackle symptoms of aggressive behaviour at a younger age.’
    • ‘This was not an aggressive protest as we are not an aggressive or violent group.’
    • ‘Anonymous comments are more likely to be aggressive, disruptive or even dishonest.’
    • ‘In others, there appears to be no sanctions on loud aggressive and inconsiderate behaviour.’
    • ‘He said the dog had not displayed any more aggressive behaviour since it had bitten Mrs Royle in January.’
    • ‘The defendant became violent and aggressive and would not let the garda search him.’
    • ‘No, they've generally evolved past that sort of aggressive territorial behaviour.’
    • ‘One of their sons received cuts and bruises and when he came home his behaviour was very aggressive.’
    • ‘He added that it was only a minority of drinkers causing the violent and aggressive behaviour.’
    • ‘After all it seems to me that it is aggressive people who seem to display aggressive cathartic behaviour.’
    • ‘Too often they are becoming excuses for aggressive, even threatening behaviour.’
    • ‘It finds that men with a record of aggressive behaviour have more helper and inducer T cells.’
    • ‘Friends of David are apparently becoming concerned about his aggressive behaviour.’
    • ‘She had found it very difficult to manage his behaviour as he was aggressive and violent towards him.’
    • ‘They may also explain why men are more likely to become aggressive when drunk.’
    • ‘We cannot judge how likely it is that aggressive treatment would have succeeded.’
    • ‘Police used CS gas on the brothers, but they continued their aggressive behaviour.’
    • ‘When the midges are at their most aggressive, their attacks are worse than any snow or rain.’
    hostile, belligerent, bellicose, antagonistic, truculent
    warmongering, warlike, warring, hawkish, violent, combative, attacking
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    1. 1.1Pursuing one's aims and interests forcefully, sometimes unduly so.
      ‘an aggressive businessman’
      • ‘Some people expect it to be dynamic and aggressive but the reality is that it's slow.’
      • ‘More important than everything, the most aggressive driving force of her life.’
      • ‘In that role, HP paraded Elias about as part of an aggressive storage push at the company.’
      • ‘They were facing increased competition from a host of new and aggressive retailers.’
      • ‘With our very aggressive strategy, running sixth on the road was a disaster.’
      • ‘Unless you are allowed to be a bit aggressive and competitive then you stand no chance of been able to get on in life.’
      • ‘The Telegraph makes an aggressive argument for an end to appeasement in the Middle East.’
      • ‘McRae meanwhile was giving a masterly display of controlled, aggressive driving.’
      • ‘The deals were part of Shell's aggressive expansion in the energy trading business.’
      • ‘Traders said aggressive selling from an American bank had also helped push the gold price lower.’
      • ‘Like Johnston, who handled the Palmer account for so long, he is a loyal and aggressive employee.’
      • ‘Competition doesn't get much more aggressive than in the Scottish newspaper arena.’
      • ‘P&G has made an aggressive push into the women's beauty business buying Clairol and Wella.’
      • ‘She's assertive, aggressive, totally on top of her game and yet what happens to her is absurd.’
      • ‘Alternatively, it could be sold to a hungry, aggressive business run by somebody like Flynn.’
      • ‘He was an aggressive parliamentary performer who relished verbal combat.’
      • ‘I think Brian had an aggressive strategy and it really did pay off big time.’
      • ‘Facing the most aggressive and competitive media in the world, spin is vital.’
      • ‘He added that the company had yet to see any aggressive pricing activity from its competition.’
      • ‘Sony Music Europe has taken the most aggressive anti-piracy stance in the business.’
      assertive, forceful, competitive, insistent, vigorous, energetic, dynamic, driving, bold, audacious, enterprising, go-ahead, zealous, pushing
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Early 19th century: from Latin aggress- attacked (from the verb aggredi) + -ive; compare with French agressif, -ive.